Regardless of the people behind the project, convertible crossovers remain a small niche of an otherwise very successful segment.
While the Skoda Karoq Convertible is not destined for production, as it’s the work of the brand’s apprentices, which started modifying it last October, the carmaker wants your help to give it a name.
The project, which sees 23 trainees from the Skoda Vocational School collaborating, represents much more than chopping the roof off the compact crossover. According to the Czech car firm, the A- and B-pillars were altered, the entire rear section was re-engineered, along with the exhaust system, the tailgate had to be redesigned and the doors had to be adjusted accordingly.
Besides facing these challenges, the young team behind the Skoda Karoq Convertible Concept modified the bumpers on both ends, which now project the brand’s logo onto the tarmac. Additionally, the front and rear logos “are discreetly luminous in the dark”, the door handles are backlit and special indicator lights have been installed.
The length and width of the open-top Karoq remain untouched at 4,382mm (172,5in) and 1,811mm (71,3in), respectively, as does the 2,638mm (103,9in) wheelbase. But since the study uses the shock absorbers from the Octavia RS, it’s now “significantly lower”.
Power is provided by 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI petrol engine, with 150PS (148hp / 110kW) and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque. The unaltered Skoda Karoq needs 8.4sec to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill, in this flavor, and has a 204km/h (127mph) top speed.
Skoda will present the finished product at the beginning of June, but until then, the students need to come up with a proper name. So, what do you think it should be called?