Skoda has teased the facelift of the Karoq SUV in the global market and they will be unveiling it on 30th November. They have released a teaser on their YouTube channel. The new Karoq looks sleeker and gets some design elements from the Kodiaq Facelift which will get launched in India in January. Skoda has already released exterior sketches of the Karoq Facelift and the SUV has been spotted without camouflage on the international roads too.
In the teaser video, not much is shown. What we can see is that the Karoq is finished in orange colour and there is also a 4×4 badge on the tailgate. There are new LED projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights. There are new lighting elements that suggest that Karoq will come with Matrix headlamps and the fog lamps also use LED units. The headlamps are now flatter and the grille is sleeker than the current Karoq. The bumper has also been redesigned and now it looks more aggressive.
There are new 18-inch alloy wheels, strong shoulder lines and crystalline LED tail lamps. There is also a welcome animation added to the headlamps. There are new front and rear bumpers too. The Karoq now looks like a smaller version of the Skoda Kodiaq.
Features include automatic light assist, Front Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control etc. This means that we can expect Skoda to offer autonomous features with the new Karoq.
There will also be dual-zone climate control a new two-spoke multi-function steering wheel, a new touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that will be connected to high-end speakers and a subwoofer. The driver will get an electronic adjustment for his seat with memory function and there will also be a digital cockpit which is essentially a digital instrument cluster.
Moreover, there will also be ambient lighting, driving modes, keyless entry, push-button to start/stop the engine, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Fatigue Detector, Blind Spot Detection, rear parking sensors with a reverse parking camera, lumbar adjustment for the front seats, electronic tailgate, connected car technology and panoramic sunroof.
The Karoq’s facelift will come with a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. In the international market, the Karoq also gets an option of a 4×4 system.
Will Karoq Facelift come to India?
Karoq was earlier on sale in India. Skoda brought it to India as a CBU or Completely Built Unit. Only, 2,500 units of the Karoq were imported to our country. Zac Hollis, Director, Sales and Marketing, Skoda India has tweeted that they currently have no plans to bring Karoq to India.
For now, their main focus is the recently launches Kushaq mid-size SUV and the upcoming Slavia mid-size sedan. The pre-bookings of the Skoda Slavia are already opened and the deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2022. Skoda will also be launching the facelift of the Kodiaq in January.