All-new compact crossover applies the Kodiaq formula on a smaller scale.

Skoda has finally revealed the all-new Karoq small SUV that's set to replace the ageing Yeti later this year. Not only has the name changed, but the new model adopts an entirely new design, albeit one heavily influenced by the larger Kodiaq.

While at a first glance it may look like a downsized version of the company’s first true SUV, its smaller brother does have its own identity once you look closer. For example, the headlights, while still reminiscent of the Kodiaq, boast a different shape and the pattern of the LED lights is also new.

A sister model of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Seat Ateca, the Karoq is 4,382mm long, 1,841mm wide, 1,605mm tall, and with a generous wheelbase stretching at 2,638mm. Skodas are known for providing great boot space and the new compact crossover is no exception: it can hold 521 litres of cargo with the rear seats in place or 1,630 litres after folding them down.

The Karoq thus has a bigger boot with the seats up than Vauxhall's new Insignia Grand Sport...

Should you need even more space to carry items, three independent rear seats can actually be removed entirely to give the Karoq a maximum load capacity of a whopping 1,810 litres —  prompting Skoda to call it a van. The modular rear seats are part of the VarioFlex system, which fans of the brand will remember from the defunct Roomster.

A first for the Czech marque, the Karoq can be optionally equipped with an all-digital instrument cluster replacing the analogue dials and providing multiple customisation options. Also on the tech side, buyers can spend more and get the crossover with niceties like full-LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging, electric tailgate, 10-colour LED ambient lighting inside the cabin, and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Engines and gearboxes are all familiar carry-over units from the Tiguan and Ateca, but with one Easter egg: the group’s new 150hp 1.5-litre TSI Evo that recently made its debut in the facelifted Golf. The other petrol engine is the tiny 115hp 1.0-litre, while on the diesel side are the popular 1.6- and 2.0-litre TDI units. Depending on engine, a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed DSG will be offered. More expensive versions of the range will be available with an all-wheel-drive layout whereas the lesser ones will be stuck with a FWD setup.

Skoda has announced it will have the Karoq on sale in the second half of 2017 and has made the promise to expand its portfolio in the coming years. Unsurprisingly, the focus will be on crossovers, so don't be too surprised if the Karoq gets a Fabia-related baby brother to serve as the brand's first-ever subcompact crossover.

Source: Skoda


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