Skoda Karoq – Price, Specifications and release date.

The Skoda Karoq

Built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Karoq comes with a choice of five turbocharged engines, four of which are new to Skoda.

The new petrol engines are an entry-level 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder with 113bhp and 129lb ft and a 1.5-litre TSI with 148bhp and 184lb ft, with the latter enabling an 8.4sec 0–62mph time and featuring active cylinder technology.

There’s a new diesel 1.6-litre TDI that produces 113bhp and 184lb ft while emitting just 118g/km of CO2, and a new 2.0-litre TDI that outputs 187bhp and 295lb ft, enabling a 7.8sec 0–62mph time – the quickest available.

Along with four-wheel drive, a DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox will be available for the new Yeti. It’s likely that there will be more safety equipment than ever as well, including an auto braking system and a parking camera. It’s possible that Skoda will introduce a more rugged-looking Scout model and even a more aggressive Sportline version.

The Skoda Karoq – how it got its name

The Karoq name continues Skoda’s theme with Alaska and is a reference to the language of Alaska’s indigenous people; the Kodiaq is the name of an Alaskan bear.

The Karoq’s name is a combination of ‘kaa’raq’ (car) and ‘ruq’ (arrow) in the language of Alaska’s indigenous people, linking it with the Kodiaq, which also gets its name from the same region.

Replacing the Yeti

Ditching the unique exterior shape of its predecessor, the Yeti, for a more conventional SUV body, the Karoq shares many features with the larger Kodiaq, which it sits below in Skoda’s line-up.

Skoda Karoq size and dimensions

  • Length: 4,382mm (160mm longer than the Yeti/ 315mm shorter than the Kodiaq)
  • * Width: 1,841mm (48mm wider than the Yeti/ 41mm narrower than the Kodiaq)
  • * Height: 1,605mm (86mm shorter than the Yeti/ 71mm shorter than the Kodiaq)
  • * Wheelbase: 2,638mm (60mm more than the Yeti/ 153mm less than the Kodiaq)

Skoda Karoq Price

We expect the new Yeti to be priced from around £16,000 – making it slightly cheaper than the current model.

Skoda Karoq Release Date

The Skoda Karoq was revealed in May and should go on sale in Autumn 2017.

Skoda Karoq Forum

For more information on the Karoq visit the Skoda Karoq Forum

Skoda Karoq Pictures

Skoda released prototype pictures of the Karoq late April and then finally some teaser pictures early May. The Skoda Karoq was revealed in full at a special event in Sweden on the 18th May.