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Skoda pulls wraps off new Karoq

Friday 19 May 2017, By Autovolo

Skoda pulls wraps off new Karoq

Skoda pulls wraps off new Karoq

The new Skoda Karoq – the replacement for the Yeti – has made its public debut in Sweden.

Unveiled at the Artipelag museum near Stockholm, the C-segment SUV bares a close resemblance to the Czech manufacturer’s larger Kodiaq. Those with keen eyes will also notice how similar it is to its VW Group sister car – the Seat Ateca.

Skoda will offer the new Karoq with the option of five different powertrains – three diesels and two petrols. As far as performance is concerned, power outputs range from 113bhp to 187bhp.

Regardless of the engine chosen, customers will be able to specify either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. That said, the top-flight 2.0-litre diesel engine with 187bhp comes with four-wheel drive and the auto ‘box as standard.

Safety is a key quality of the new Karoq, with Skoda fitting an array of driver assistance systems. These include traffic jam assist, park assist and lane assist, as well as blind spot detection and front assist.

The new Karoq will also be the first Skoda to feature a digital instrument display panel, which can be programmed to display preferred driver settings such as sat nav, speed and driving data.

With a 521-litre boot, the Karoq offers commendable amounts of practicality. It offers more space than a Seat Ateca – which has a 510-litre boot – but a considerably smaller boot that the Volkswagen Tiguan’s 615-litre space.

The Skoda Karoq is set to be launched in the second half of 2017.