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It's the Skoda Karoq SUV! New Yeti replacement revealed in full

It's the Skoda Karoq SUV! New Yeti replacement revealed in full

Maier said Skoda already has "very clear feedback" that customer demand exists for a vRS Skoda SUV, while the company's head of research and design, Christian Strube, said a Karoq PHEV would be a matter for Skoda's marketing department, rather than its engineers.

Hence, the 140TDI - which employs a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four cylinder and is paired exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with AWD driveline - is expected to be the Aussie range-topper, arriving after the initial launch variants. In addition there would be a 1.6 TDI diesel with 115hp.

Read on to find out all you need to know about the all-new Skoda Karoq including engine specs, interior details and essential practicality stats. Out of these options, two petrol engines and two diesels with displacements of 1-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2-litre will be all new. Then there's a 2.0 with 148bhp and 340Nm - enough for a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds, despite the lowest Carbon dioxide emissions of the entire Karoq range, at 115g/km.

Skoda's performance claims for the Karoq see the 1.6 TDI as the most eco-friendly offering, delivering combined consumption of 52mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions of 118 g/km. For the 4WD versions, there would be an additional off-road mode with an electronic diff lock and traction control.

Options will include Dynamic Chassis Control, which features adjustable dampers and offers Comfort, Standard and Sport settings. Inside, Skoda assures us, the five-seat Karoq will provide exceptional space for passengers and luggage. With the seats removed, the boot space is up to 1810 litres.

An optional "VarioFlex" seating system adds three separate rear pews, which can be individually adjusted. And, also thanks to Skoda being part of the Volkswagen Group, the Karoq will come with the latest technology, infotainment and driver assistance systems the group has access to. The infotainment system will be compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as well as MirrorLink. The top systems Columbus and Amundsen have a Wi-Fi hotspot.

On the inside, it gets an all-digital instrument cluster, which is first for any Skoda, and it can be set to the driver's individual preferences. It offers a range of layouts created to prioritise driving data or a range of additional information, including navigation instructions, a gear indicator or traffic sign information.

The line-up of safety kit includes blind spot detection, rear-traffic alert, lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition - although some of these feature on the options list, along with the different designs of 17in, 18in and 19in wheels to choose instead of the standard 16in and 17in items.

Furthermore, the Karoq comes loaded with full-LED headlights and LED interior ambient lighting - which is configurable up to 10 colours.

There are no prices for the Skoda Karoq SUV as yet, but it's likely to start around £17k in the UK.

Skoda has finally revealed the much awaited replacement of the Yeti, the Karoq, in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday.


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