The Škoda Kodiaq has only been on the UK roads for a few weeks or so, but already the Czech brand is turning its attention to the next member of its SUV family – the Karoq. It will serve as a compact SUV and will be a smaller sibling to the aforementioned Kodiaq, but it will still offer a decent amount of space. It will also offer features such as LED lighting and a digital instrument display – a first for a Škoda model.
What Does It Have?
Available in a choice of five different engines, two petrol and three diesel, the new Karoq offers a fair amount of space for both occupants and luggage, plus it will offer a decent amount of tech. Going back to the engines though, four of them are new in the line-up and range from 115bhp to 190bhp and will be available with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG. That is apart from the 2.0 litre diesel – this will only be available with the 7-speed DSG and will also come standard with four-wheel drive. This means there will also be five driving modes available – normal, sport, eco, individual and snow.
I doubt many buyers will be wanting for luggage space – standard space comes in at 521 litres with the rear seats up, but that can be increased to 1,630 litres. However, you can take out the rear seats altogether, you can use the Karoq as a van with a capacity of 1,810 litres. There will be more drive assistance programs on offer, including parking assistant, lane assist and traffic-jam assist, blind spot detect, front assist with predictive pedestrian protection and emergency assistant. The latest VAG infotainment systems will also be offer to help keep drivers connected.
The new Karoq will receive its debut in Stockholm on the 18th of May and will be available in the second half of 2017 – prices are yet to be announced.