22 May 2017 | 08.18 am
Skoda Unveils Karoq Compact SUV
First ever Skoda digital instrument panel
22 May 2017 | 08.18 am
Skoda has introduced a new, smaller compact SUV to its range, the Karoq, promising lots of space and advanced technology, including the first ever digital instrument panel to grace one of the company’s models.
The car will seat five adults, and new technologies including driver-assistance systems are part of the specification. Five engine variants are available, from 85 kW (115 bhp) to 140 kW (190 bhp), of which four are new. A number of ‘Simply Clever’ features are also included, including a rear-seat VarioFlex system and a virtual pedal for the hands-free opening of the boot.
Skoda head of marketing Ray Leddy said: “After the huge success of the Kodiaq our SUV journey continues with the arrival of the Karoq. As part of Škoda’s 2025 Strategy, the brand will be continually expanding its model range over the coming years. The primary focus will be on broadening the SUV range. Irish customers can expect to see the Karoq in dealer showrooms later this winter in time to order for January 2018.”
The luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 litres with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,630 litres. The VarioFlex system consists of three separate seats which can be individually adjusted, and the seats can be completely removed to reveal van-like proportions with a maximum load capacity of 1,810 litres. In addition, the front passenger seat folds down to accommodate especially long loads.
Tech-wise, the car offers internet connectivity via mobile, various driver assistance systems including parking assist and lane assist, predictive pedestrian protection and emergency assist, plus the programmable digital instrument panel which can be set to the driver’s preferences.
Five engine variants, two petrol and three diesel, are on offer. The two petrol engines and two diesels are new in the line-up. Engine capacity ranges are 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0l; the power range is from 85 kW (115 BHP) to 140 kW (190 BHP). All powertrains feature turbo-charged direct injection units as well as start-stop technology and brake energy recovery.
With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 BHP) comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG.