After month after month of teasing Skoda have finally pulled the wraps of their upcoming compact SUV; christened the Karoq. We'd expect it to cost more than the Yeti, with a starting price of around £17,500. Along with the name change also comes a complete design makeover, heavily influenced by the larger seven-seat Kodiaq.
In terms of dimensions, the Skoda Karoq measures 4,382mm in length, 1,841mm in width and 1,605mm in height. We told you the Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca are heavily related to the Skoda Karoq, which stands at 4,382 millimeters (172.5 inches) long, 1,841 mm (72.4 inches) wide, 1,605 mm (63.2 inches) tall, and packing a great wheelbase stretching at 2,638 mm (104 inches). 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. The front is typically Skoda with the large grille that gets vertical slats and a chrome lined grille along with sleek headlamps and a high set fog lamp cluster. However, if you require even more space, the rear seats can be taken out to convert the Karoq into a van with 1,810 litres of cargo space.
Furthermore, the Karoq comes loaded with full-LED headlights and LED interior ambient lighting - which is configurable up to 10 colours.
It also features SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing. The top systems Columbus and Amundsen have a Wi-Fi hotspot. Skoda claims it can crack 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 131mph - although its Carbon dioxide emissions of 138g/km mean it's likely to be one of the niche choices in the range, especially in the UK.
However, the local line-up is yet to be fully confirmed by Skoda Australia, with the local arm saying that the more powerful petrol and diesel units are most likely to be sold here.
The Czech vehicle 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. In addition, it wil also come with a phonebox with inductive charging to charge the smartphone with wireless compatibility. All motors will feature turbo-charged direct injection, start-stop and brake energy recovery features. Additionally, the Karoq features front assist with predictive pedestrian protection, emergency assist as well as blind spot detection to increase the safety aspect of the SUV. The gearbox choices include a standard six-speed manual, the seven-speed DSG - and depending on the version there will be a choice of FWD or all-wheel drive. The petrol engines are a 1-litre TSI unit with 113 bhp and 175 Nm of torque or a 1.5-litre TSI with 148 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. The SUV will also come with drive modes such as Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (for the 4×4 models).
The Karoq is due on sale in the final quarter of this year, with first deliveries expected in January 2018.