Skoda’s modern ventures into the high-riding vehicle segments began in 2016 with the mid-size Kodiaq, followed in 2017 by the compact Karoq and, earlier this year, the subcompact Kamiq.
Now, a little over two years after production of the Karoq began, the Czech automaker has announced the assembly of its 250,000th unit. Put together at the Mlada Boleslav facility, the milestone vehicle was made on September 20, sports a Black Magic metallic finish and is powered by a 114 HP (116 PS) 1.0-liter TSI petrol engine.
“This milestone is proof of how popular the Skoda Karoq is”, said the brand’s Board Member for Production and Logistics, Michael Oeljeklaus. “The fact that it has just taken a little over two years after start of production to exceed the mark of 250,000 cars manufactured is a huge success, and underlines the importance of the Karoq in our attractive model range.”
Production of the Karoq started in mid-July 2017 at the Kvasiny factory, and since January 2018, the compact SUV has been made in Mlada Boleslav as well. In 2018, the company managed to shift 115,700 units, whereas 97,900 SUVs have been delivered to customers so far this year.
For the 2020MY, the Karoq sports a few updates, such as the introduction of a new 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine with 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, that can be paired to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and AWD as standard. Buyers can also opt for the Side Assist system and can combine the Adaptive Chassis with front-wheel drive. The only visual change on the revamped Karoq is the ‘Skoda’ lettering on the tailgate instead of the traditional logo.