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Skoda Karoq revealed - replacement for the Skoda Yeti

Skoda Karoq revealed - replacement for the Skoda Yeti

After month after month of teasing Skoda have finally pulled the wraps of their upcoming compact SUV; christened the Karoq.

We will have to wait for our first drive to see if the Karoq has been able to hold onto the character that defined its Yeti predecessor, but we fear that despite looking more polished, it could well dissolve into just another worthy-but-dull option in the crossover class.

The Skoda Karoq takes its design inspiration from the company's flagship SUV that can be seen with the edgy design theme.

With the performance orientated (and very similar-looking) SEAT Ateca Cupra on the horizon, it is also not out of the question to think Skoda will be giving its Karoq the vRS treatment, further confirmed by the knowledge that Skoda has been considering a vRS variant of the larger Kodiaq.

The Karoq will offer decent off-roading capability and will be available with two- as well as four-wheel drive.

Seen here in official images for the first time, the Karoq is a larger vehicle than the one it replaces, It's 4,382mm long and 1,841mm wide - figures that are 160mm and nearly 50mm up on the Yeti's dimensions respectively. Once the rear seats are folded down, the capacity of the boot increases to 1,630 litres. One of the most interesting features on the Karoq is a fully digital instrument, a first for Skoda.

The Skoda Karoq also points to a future baby Volkswagen SUV, which is lacking from the brand's current range.

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Like the recent Skodas, it gets a wide range of infotainment systems from the second generation of the VW Group's Modular Infotainment Matrix.

Other than the 140TDI, all of the powerplant choices - ranging from 1.0- to 2.0-litres in displacement, and 85kW to 140kW in power - are offered overseas with either the dual-clutch or a six-speed manual gearbox, but the three pedal set-up is unlikely to make it Down Under. The seats can also be completely removed resulting in a loading capacity of 1,810 litres.

It also features SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing.

Check out a detailed image gallery of the Skoda Karoq below.

Amundsen uses the same screen but includes navigation and a wi-fi hotspot, while the range-topper, called Columbus, is based on a 9.2-inch display and includes a DVD/CD drive and 64Gb of onboard memory.

Under that beautifully sculpted bonnet, Skoda will be offering the Karoq with five different engines, two petrol and three diesel. In addition, it wil also come with a phonebox with inductive charging to charge the smartphone with wireless compatibility. All the powertrains feature turbo-charged direct injection units as well as start-stop technology and brake energy recovery.

To sweeten the deal, here's a list of the other tech goodies on the new Karoq which will include Park Assist, Lane Assist and Traffic Jam Assist. The petrol engines are a 1-litre TSI unit with 113 bhp and 175 Nm of torque or a 1.5-litre TSI with 148 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. 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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