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New Skoda Karoq revealed

19 May 2017

Like the Kodiaq, the Karoq name comes from a tribe in Alaska.

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

Based on Volkswagen's ubiquitous MQB platform, the Karoq's comparatively long wheelbase and short overhangs should not only aid interior accommodation, but also go some way to maintaining the entertaining driving experience that made the Yeti so interesting against core rivals. Indeed, there are plenty of family traits visible in the Karoq's side profile, because it's strong, sharp shoulder line looks very similar to the Ateca's. However, when the Karoq comes to India, Skoda will most probably sell it with one diesel and one petrol engine to choose between, or two diesels and one petrol engine to choose from.

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The Karoq is being launched with a line-up of five engines.

The two petrol and three diesel engines all feature turbocharging and direct injection as well as stop-start technology and brake energy recovery. Of the three diesel engines, one is a 2.0-litre TDI unit that already exists in Skoda's range and is good for 150hp.

Skoda has stated that it will offer either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on most models, there will also be both front- and all-wheel drive options within the range. Skoda claims a kneeroom of 69 mm.

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The Czech auto maker will also offer a variety of diesel and petrol engines which will range from small 1.0-litre displacement units through 1.5-litre petrol variants - that will feature cylinder deactivation technology to increase efficiency - and on to the 140kW 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit seen throughout the Volkswagen Group's models. Four-wheel-drive editions can be specified with an off-road mode, which uses the traction control system and an electronic differential lock to improve traction. The highlight of the cabin will be the new-generation modular infotainment system with a capacitive touchscreen display that will also make its way into other Skoda offerings. With the standard rear seat, the boot capacity is 521 litres (a little more than in the Seat Ateca), but with the optional VarioFlex system - three individual rear seats that can be separately adjusted or even completely removed - that can be increased to 588 litres. All three rear seats can also be removed altogether from the vehicle, taking the boot capacity to 1,810 litres.

There are four infotainment options. It also has the option of an LTE module that brings faster internet for the hotspot, and introduces gesture control to a Skoda for the first time.

The new Karoq is the first Skoda to benefit from the wider VW Group's digital instrument panel. It offers a range of layouts created to prioritise driving data or a range of additional information, including navigation instructions, a gear indicator or traffic sign information.

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Driver assistance systems include Park Assist, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist.

New Skoda Karoq revealed