Skoda Karoq Launch Confirmed For First Half Of 2020

The Karoq fills the gap for Yeti and will compete with Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass and will sit under Rs 20 lakh mark. The mid-size SUV, Kamiq, will feature different design statement and will launch n 2021.

German manufacturer, Skoda will bring many cars in coming years and one such car scheduled for launch in 2020 is the Karoq. It is a Jeep Compass rival which fills the gap of Yeti and the 5-seater packs more feature with a contemporary looking design.

As said by Skoda India Director, Zac Hollis that with the launch of Karoq, another SUV which is Hyundai Creta’s rival will see its launch in 2021. However, the latter name is yet not confirmed in the Indian market as the director refrained from taking the name and mentioned as the mid-size SUV only.

All the upcoming cars from Skoda will be launched under 2.0 strategy and will follow an MQB AO IN platform. The new platform uses high strength steel which not only makes the car lighter but also reduces emissions.

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Talking about the SUVs, Skoda Karoq will well under Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom) mark and will much likely to borrow design inspiration from its elder sibling, Kodiaq. It will also feature the ‘VarioFlex’ seats as an option like seen in Yeti. The advantage is, one can increase the boot space from 479 litres to 588 litres by sliding the rear seats forward or backwards.

Globally the Skoda Karoq comes with five engine specifications, two petrol and three diesel engines. The petrol engines are a 1-litre TSI unit and a 1.5-litre TSI. The oil burner includes a 1.6-litre motor and a larger 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor, the latter available in two states of tune.

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Skoda Kamiq, on the other hand, differentiates pretty well from its siblings. It features split LED headlamp design as we are seeing in a lot of cars these days. The new SUV is also expected to feature the SKODA lettering on the tailgate instead of the Skoda logo as we are seeing with the new Skoda cars these days.

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As for the powertrains, the Skoda Kamiq will have a range of four engine options to choose from internationally. There will be three petrol engines and one diesel engine. There will be a 95PS 1.0L TSI engine, a 115PS version of the same powerplant and a bigger 1.5L TSI engine with 150PS. As for the diesel, there will be a 1.6L TDI with 115PS and 250Nm. However, Skoda is likely to completely revamp the powertrain options for India to adhere to the BS-VI emission norms.

This Skoda SUV will likely take on the other sub-compact SUVs in the segment like the newly launched Hyundai Venue, the Mahindra XUV300 and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

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