SKODA’s new compact SUV to be known as KAROQ

India bound SKODA KAROQ will be the second SUV after KODIAQ.

ŠKODA’s Yeti replacement the new compact SUV is called the KAROQ. The World premiere of the new compact SUV will take place in Stockholm on 18 May.

The name and its spelling originate from the language of the Alutiiq, an indigenous tribe who live on an island off the southern coast of Alaska.

For the name of the new compact SUV, ŠKODA has drawn on the spelling of the ŠKODA KODIAQ and in doing so, has created a consistent nomenclature for the brand’s current and future SUV models.

The name KAROQ is a combination of the terms ‘KAA’RAQ’ (car) and ‘RUQ’ (arrow)

The compact SUV measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high. The long wheelbase of 2,638 millimetres (all-wheel version: 2,630 mm) gives the ŠKODA KAROQ a comfortable stance on the road. The increase in size benefits the passengers. The legroom is 68 millimetres.

The luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 litres with the back seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,630 litres. In combination with the optional VarioFlex rear seat, the boot space is variable and can hold between 479 and 588 litres. The seats can also be completely removed – and the SUV becomes a van with a maximum loading capacity of 1,810 litres.

Four engines on offer

The KAROQ will be available in four new , powerful and efficient TSI and TDI engines. The displacement ranges are 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 litres; the power range is from 85 kW (115 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). All drivetrains are turbo-charged direct injection units and feature start-stop technology and brake energy recovery. A 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG will be on offer.

Key equipment includes Full LED headlights, digital instrument panel, infotainment with capacitive touch screen and Care Connect for assistance.

As part of ŠKODA’s 2025 future strategy, the brand will continue to consistently advance the expansion of its model range in the coming years. The market launch will happen in the second half of 2017.

India launch will happen in 2018 and could make its appearance at the 2018 Auto Expo.

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