Skoda has decided to replace the ageing Yeti with an all-new product. While the Yeti was a fabulous product, it needed an update. Skoda has renamed the new product, calling it the Karoq.
What is the Karoq?
The first thing you will notice when you see the Karoq is the fact that it looks like a mini Kodiaq. This has no resemblance with the Yeti. This is a good move since the Kodiaq is a good looking product. Up front the Karoq gets LED headlamps and LED DRLs at the bottom of the headlamp cluster. Like the Kodiaq, the fog lamp is now placed much higher, just below the headlamps cluster. The tail lamp cluster too looks similar to the one on the Kodiaq and the boot has the same crease lines too .
The side profile is what is very different. The Karoq has a length of 4.3 meters, which results in a wheelbase of 2.6 meters. Boot space is massive with 521 liters being provided with the rear seats in place which can be extended to 1630 liters, with the seats folded.
Unlike the Kodiaq, the Karoq will be the first Skoda to get a fully digital instrument cluster. This means that the driver can customize the various dials that are behind the steering wheel. In addition to this, the car will get wireless charging, LED ambient lighting, WiFi-hotspot capability and a new larger infotainment system.
Under the hood, the Karoq gets either a 1.0 liter or a 1.5 liter TSi petrol engine or a 1.6 or 2.0 liter TDi diesel engine. The 1.0 liter TSi produces 115 Bhp where as the 1.5 liter one produces 150 Bhp and was recently unveiled in the new Golf. The diesel engines will be on offer in multiple states of tune. Both manual and DSGs will be on offer, as well as front wheel drive and all-wheel drive layouts.
While there is no clarity just yet if the Karoq will be coming to India, however, given our country’s love for SUVs, this would make complete sense if they can price it right.