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Skoda Karoq revealed - replacement for the Skoda Yeti

19 May 2017, 04:21 | Marlene Myers

Skoda Karoq unveiled: New compact SUV to replace ageing, yet desirable Yeti crossover

Skoda Karoq premieres in Sweden

The Karoq replaces the Yeti, which while one of Skoda's most popular models, is an MPV-shaped SUV when buyers are increasingly going for more traditional, high-riding models.

Based on Volkswagen's ubiquitous MQB platform, the Karoq's comparatively long wheelbase and short overhangs should not only aid interior accommodation, but also go some way to maintaining the entertaining driving experience that made the Yeti so interesting against core rivals.

After much teasing and many spy shots, the all-new Skoda Karoq has finally broken cover.

The range-topping motor is a 2.0-litre diesel with 228bhp and 400Nm. Then there's a 2.0 with 148bhp and 340Nm - enough for a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds, despite the lowest Carbon dioxide emissions of the entire Karoq range, at 115g/km. Skoda claims that all these powertrains will be extremely efficient and will also comply with Euro-VI emission norms. For the 4WD versions, there would be an additional off-road mode with an electronic diff lock and traction control. There's also the option of adjustable electro-hydraulic suspension. Inside, Skoda assures us, the five-seat Karoq will provide exceptional space for passengers and luggage. The Karoq will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built into the infotainment system.

Its three rear seats are individual, if ordered with a "VarioFlex" system, making the interior one of the more practical of this type of vehicle.

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According to the manufacturer, the boot can swallow up to 521 litres when the rear seats remain upright, but this volume can expand to 1630L with the second row folded down.

There are four infotainment options. The international-spec Kodiaq will be offered with a choice between two system, Columbus and Amundsen, both of which come with Wi-Fi hotspot. It will also have inbuilt LTE connectivity for accessing the internet for different requirements.

New technology for the Karoq - a crucial element to be successful in the baby SUV space - includes for the first time a digital instrument display, mirroring similar tech seen first in its group partner, Audi. It offers a range of layouts created to prioritise driving data or a range of additional information, including navigation instructions, a gear indicator or traffic sign information. Additionally, the Karoq features front assist with predictive pedestrian protection, emergency assist as well as blind spot detection to increase the safety aspect of the SUV.

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Other features (optional on some versions) include LED ambient lighting that can offers a choice of 10 colours, puddle lights that illuminate the area around the door during entry and exit, full-LED headlights and foglights, and an electric tailgate that can be operated by waving your foot below the rear bumper. When the Skoda Karoq does come to India, we expect it to be priced in the RS 18-24 lakh price bracket, below the Kodiaq, where it will compete with the likes of Hyundai Tucson and upcoming cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Jeep Compass. Let us know in the comments section below.

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