New Skoda Karoq Unveiled With Five Engine Options

Skoda has unveiled the all-new Karoq at a special event in Stockholm.

Set to slot beneath the Kodiaq, the Karoq is a stylish crossover with a sculpted hood, a slender grille, and optional LED headlights. The model also has muscular wheel arches, plastic body cladding, and chiseled bodywork. Rounding out the styling features are a tailgate-mounted spoiler, distinctive taillights, and an assortment of wheels ranging in sizes from 16- to 19-inches.

Overall, the crossover measures 4,382mm (14.3 feet) long, 1,841mm (6 feet) wide, and 1,605mm (5.2 feet) tall with a wheelbase that spans up to 2,638mm (6.2 feet).

The interior is relatively straightforward but the Karoq becomes the first Skoda model to be offered with a digital instrument cluster. Customers can also order a heated steering wheel, heated front / rear seats, and LED ambient lighting. Other highlights include a wireless smartphone charger and infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Buyers more interested in space will be happy to know the Karoq offers 521 liters (18.4 cubic feet) of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. However, that number can be increased to 1,630 liters (57.5 cubic feet) when the rear seats are folded down. If that’s still not enough room, the seats can be removed entirely to create a maximum cargo capacity of 1,810 liters (63.9 cubic feet).

Under the hood, five different engines will be available including:
A 1.0-liter TSI with 115 PS (113 hp) and 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) of torque
A 1.5-liter TSI with 150 PS (148 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque
A 1.6-liter TDI with 115 PS (113 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque
A 2.0-liter TDI with 150 PS (148 hp) and 340 Nm (250 lb-ft) of torque
A 2.0-liter TDI with 190 PS (187 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque

Most of the engines can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission, expect the most powerful diesel variant which comes standard with all-wheel drive and the DSG gearbox.

On the safety front, the Karoq offers an assortment of driver assistance systems including Park Assist, Lane Assist, and Traffic Jam Assist. Other highlights include Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detect, Emergency Assist, and Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection.

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  • atomicbri

    Yeah, no thanks. Looks to me that VW has now gone down the old path GM once was on with platform sharing becoming clone cars. The old Yeti was at least different looking somewhat from the other VW products on which it was based. This one if you pulled off the grill and badges I would say is a Tiguan of some sort. I will pass.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      It doesn’t look like a Tiguan though.

      • Squeezit Wafflenose

        It does look like a Seat Ateca, though.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Also no.

  • Sébastien

    Not bad at all, but the taillights looks again like the Toyota C-HR or Honda HR-V… And those halogen bulbs in the turn signals 🙁

  • j60dnl

    It’s all getting a bit meh now.
    Saw my first skoda kodiaq today, it’s either a brilliant name or completely stupid because all I see is Skodiaq.

    • roy

      i know right ?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    That was…well, fast.

  • XtremWize
    • Tumbi Mtika

      Yeeaaaaah…No.

      • atomicbri

        Yeah looks a lot like that lol.

    • Alban Gojani

      Really? How did you figure that out?

      Anyway, this will sell like hot cakes.

    • Michelin

      Ateca = Tiguan = Karoq
      Extreme scale economy or not fantasy ? Or both?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Everything except the taillights is well done.

    The streak continues…

  • fabri99

    I actually quite like it. The front-end is a bit off for me, but I like that they are giving Skoda some recognizeable styling traits. The boxy style of the Yeti was much more interesting, but probably not as appealing as this will be. Not bad anyway, Skoda is one to watch for sure.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Someone finally gets it.

    • TheHake

      They have been doing very well since the latest (pre-facelifted) Octavia.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Contemporary, and I sort of like the front end because I can see what they were trying to do with it, and the rearend is mostly decent. The rest of the car is a tad too restrained and overly conservative, which is why I think many people complain of it looking like a collage of leftovers from the VW partsbin.

  • KareKakk

    So, after Kodiaq and Karoq… what will the even smaller crossover based on the Citigo be called: Kocq?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      The Skoda Mikrokocq.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        I couldn’t resist.

  • TheHake

    I like it!

  • StrangerGP

    zzz oh look Skoda Ateqa zzz

  • OSM CHAÎNE

    All new Skoda have ugly designe

  • Michelin

    Tiguan sibling. No personality from skoda designers ?

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