India Bound Skoda Karoq SUV Unveiled

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Skoda has unveiled its new compact SUV, the Karoq which replaces the Czech carmaker's popular compact SUV, the Yeti, worldwide. Let us see what tricks this India-bound Skoda Yeti replacement has up its sleeves.

Featuring Skoda's new design language - that is also present on the new Kodiaq - which mirrors the more conservative styling we've come to expect from Skoda, with the exception of the oddly placed fog lights immediately below the LEd headlights.

Technology will feature heavily in the vehicle, with the Karoq the first Skoda to offer a digital instrument panel pioneered by Audi with its Virtual Cockpit - its settings will be able to be personalised for up to three different drivers. The rear profile of the Karoq resembles the larger Kodiaq with similarly styled taillights. Skoda cars have always been highly habitable and the Karoq doesn't disappoint - 521 liters (18.4 cubic feet) of cargo to 1,630 liters (57.5 cu. ft.) can be engulfed by the trunk. Once the rear seats are folded down, the capacity of the boot increases to 1,630 litres.

On the inside, it gets an all-digital instrument cluster, which is first for any Skoda, and it can be set to the driver's individual preferences.

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Maier said Skoda already has "very clear feedback" that customer demand exists for a vRS Skoda SUV, while the company's head of research and design, Christian Strube, said a Karoq PHEV would be a matter for Skoda's marketing department, rather than its engineers. Skoda states that the basic system with come with SmartLink+ system.

The Skoda Karoq will be available with a choice between five engines, two petrol and three diesel. With its VarioFlex system which allows the second row seats to be removed or individually adjusted, this space could be further boosted to 1,810 litres. There are two petrols - a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 114bhp and 175Nm that emits 117g/km of Carbon dioxide, and a 1.5 four-cylinder producing 148bhp and 250Nm; thanks in part to cylinder deactivation technology, this more potent engine nearly matches the triple's Carbon dioxide emissions, at 119g/km.

From the images it is evident that Skoda has tried to replicate the same design theme in the cabin as seen in the Kodiaq making the interior feel upmarket and premium.

The Czech auto maker will also offer a variety of diesel and petrol engines which will range from small 1.0-litre displacement units through 1.5-litre petrol variants - that will feature cylinder deactivation technology to increase efficiency - and on to the 140kW 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit seen throughout the Volkswagen Group's models. Skoda Phonebox with wireless charging and enhanced cellular connectivity, a LA Audi A3 will be another highlight. Skoda claims a kneeroom of 69 mm. There's also the VW Group's new 150-hp 1.5-liter TSI Evo that premiered on the updated Golf with cylinder deactivation technology. Speaking of the transmission options, all of its engines can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch automatic). The 2.0 TDI with 190 PS comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. The Karoq's European sales will commence in the second half of this year, while its Indian debut is expected to happen in 2018.

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