Regulars here would remember that we were one of the first few to tell you about the launch plans that Skoda India has for the Karoq SUV. The Karoq is basically a 5-seater model that is a spiritual successor to the globally successful Yeti. While the Indian subsidiary of the Czech car maker is yet to make an official announcement regarding the launch of its upcoming small SUV, a handful of spy images showing the SUV parked in Indian surroundings have surfaced on the web-world. Our guess is that the Skoda Karoq India launch would take place in late-2018.
Underpinning the upcoming Skoda SUV is the parent VW Group’s MQB platform. This is the same platform that also underpins the Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan. In India, the Karoq will go on to rival the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. The Karoq looks a lot like a slightly smaller Kodiaq, especially when seen in the front profile. It gets a very similar radiator grille and full-LED headlamps. The upcoming premium SUV from Skoda is 4,382 mm long, 1,841 mm wide and 1,605 mm tall. It boasts a 2,638 mm long wheelbase and enjoys a ground clearance of 200 mm. The Karoq offers a boot space of 521-litres, which is further expanded to 1,810-litres
Skoda Karoq India – Spy Images
For India, the Karoq will get the same Diesel engine that powers the Octavia. The 2.0-litre TDI Diesel engine comes mated to a 7-speed DSG and offers a good mix of power and mileage. Features list includes a customizable digital instrument panel, a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, gesture control, dual-zone auto aircon, wireless smartphone charger, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink.
Skoda Karoq India Launch Date
|Launch Date (expected)||Late 2018|
The upcoming Skoda SUV will likely to make it to Indian car market in the second-half of 2018. Prior to its official launch, the model could make its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The new premium small SUV from the Czech carmaker made its world premiere on 18 May 2017 in Stockholm. Subsequently, it went on sale in certain European markets.
Skoda Karoq Price in India
|Skoda Karoq SUV India||Estimated Price|
|Base Model||Rs. 19 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs. 25 lakh|
Since the Karoq will replace the Yeti, in India it is likely to cost anywhere between Rs. 19 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh. At this price point, it will rival the likes of Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V.
Skoda Karoq SUV Specifications
|Engine||2.0 L TDI Diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual/7-speed Auto|
|Estimated Mileage||17-19 KMPL|
The Karoq will get multiple engine options ranging from a 113 BHP 1.0 L Turbo Petrol to a 187 BHP 2.0 L Diesel. All engines come with a 6-speed manual as standard. The other transmission option on offer will be a 7-speed DSG. The Karoq will be available with an all wheel drive system as well. The Skoda Karoq in India could get a 2.0 L TDI Diesel with 148 BHP and 340 Nm on tap. Other engine options on offer include new 1.5 L TSI and 1.6 L TDI units.
The Karoq is based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform shared with the Seat Ateca SUV and the Audi Q2. It offers seating for 5 and has a boot capacity of 521 litres. In India, the upcoming Skoda Karoq will rival the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CRV.
Skoda Karoq India Design
In terms of styling, the new Karoq looks like a lot shrunken Kodiaq. While we are yet to see the car in flesh, the images here show that the Karoq looks closely related to the Kodiaq. While the Yeti boasts a quirky exterior, a major reason for its success in international markets, the Karoq features a more conventional crossover design. On the inside, the Karoq will borrow heavily from bigger brother Kodiaq. Like the Yeti, the Karoq too will be a 5 seater and is likely to offer generous boot space. The Karoq will come with optional full LED headlamps. LED tail lights will be standard.
Skoda Karoq Dimensions
|Wheelbase||2638 mm (two-wheel drive)
2630 mm (all-wheel drive)
|Boot Space||521 L|
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