Preview of SKODA’s latest Compact SUV: The KAROQ

Skoda’s newest compact SUV, the KAROQ, is presented in an emotive and dynamic design with numerous crystalline elements, representing the Brand’s new design language.

It is clear from the exterior shape, modified lines and larger dimensions that this is a completely new vehicle. Full LED headlights with clear-lens optics are available as an option for the KAROQ from the Ambition equipment line and higher.

The compact SUV measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high. The long wheelbase of 2,638 mm (all-wheel version: 2,630 mm) gives the KAROQ a comfortable stance on the road. The increase in size benefits the passengers. The legroom is 68 mm.

Inside, the new Skoda compact SUV is at the top of its segment with innovative connectivity solutions. The infotainment building blocks come from the second generation of the Group’s modular infotainment kit, offering state-of-the-art functions, interfaces and equipped with capacitive touch displays. The top systems Columbus and Amundsen have a WLAN hotspot. An optional LTE module is available for the Columbus system. Also in the interior, new LED ambient lighting in the decor strips of doors and the dashboard creates a pleasant atmosphere, which can be set in ten colors. Additionally, the freely programmable digital instrument panel is available for the first time in a Škoda. In the KAROQ, the cockpit displays can be set to the driver’s individual wishes.

In addition, the new mobile online services Škoda Connect are LTE-compatible and are divided into two categories: Infotainment online services are used for information and navigation; the CareConnect services for assistance in case of breakdowns and emergencies. The Emergency Call button, which will come as standard in Europe in 2018, is now available as a Care-Connect service. Additional online services can be accessed via the ŠKODA Connect app. These can be used to remotely check, configure and find the car via a smartphone.

And that’s not all, the intelligent networking between car and smartphone has reached a new level in the KAROQ. The SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLinkTM, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing. SmartLink+ comes as standard with higher infotainment systems. The phone box with inductive charging couples the smartphone to the roof antenna and simultaneously charges it wirelessly.

At the boot, the luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 liters with the back seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,630 liters. In combination with the optional VarioFlex rear seat, the boot space is variable and can hold between 479 and 588 liters. The seats can also be completely removed, and the SUV becomes a van with a maximum loading capacity of 1,810 liters.

Škoda KAROQ is offered with five engine variants: two petrol and three diesel engines. The two petrol engines and two diesels are new in the line-up. The displacement ranges are 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 liters; the power range is from 85 kW (115 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). All drivetrains are turbo-charged direct injection units and feature start-stop technology and brake energy recovery. They are extremely economical and comply with EU 6 regulations. With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp) comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. The new 1.5 TSI has the special feature of cylinder deactivation.

The Škoda KAROQ offers a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. New comfort systems include the parking assistant, Lane Assist and traffic-jam assistant. Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assistant. The KAROQ can tow trailers of up to two tonnes, while the new trailer assistant helps when reversing slowly and manoeuvring. Additional driver-assistance systems are available for the KAROQ to keep the car at a safe distance from the car ahead.

The chassis of Skoda’s latest compact SUV also sets benchmarks in its segment and demonstrates its quality even off the beaten track. With the equipment line Ambition and higher, a driving profile selection with the modes Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4×4) is available on request. The Off-road mode with all-wheel-drive improves the driving characteristics on rough terrain.

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