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Of all automotive brands, the last automaker you could think to slap its badge on a convertible SUV, would probably be Skoda. But their new Sunroq is actually what that is - a droptop version of the compact Karoq, the latest concept to come from Mladá Boleslav. The concept actually began in October 2017 when a team of 23 students from Skoda’s own trade school got together to work on a one-off project.
Do not get us wrong though, because the automaker is not planning to chop off the compact crossover’s roof for a production version since the Sunroq will remain purely a concept car to demonstrate the skills of Skoda’s vocational school. These students are very talented and they took the roles of engineers and designers, but of course, actual professionals lent a helping hand during the development process of turning the Karoq into a convertible.
The Czech Republican crossover loses its model’s roof. However, they have kept the rear doors as well as the rear seats to maintain that high level of practicality you would expect from a Skoda. Of course, Skoda keeps it’s vehicle interesting, as you can see here, the automaker’s logo is projected onto the road by LEDs mounted underneath the concept’s front bumper. You can actually get those on the production Karoq where these are mounted underneath the front doors.Read the entire article Skoda Sunroq Concept is the convertible SUV we did not expect
For the longest time, the Skoda Yeti was the only crossover model that the automaker offered to the market. However, that particular model did not really live up to its body style because it became known as an eccentric but adorable tall and rugged hatchback. After the Yeti, Skoda decided to offer a much larger seven-passenger Kodiaq that came in the second half of 2016.
This was then followed by the smaller five seat only Karoq in 2017, which was meant to replace the Yeti. In 2018, Skoda finally decided to add the Kamiq into their portfolio. However, the said model will only be exclusively sold in China, unlike its older siblings that were made available all over the world.
Without having to mention this, the city oriented crossover will be positioned just below the Karoq that we mentioned earlier. This also rounds off Skoda’s three model crossover lineup that is being offered in China. When it comes to the design elements, there isn’t much for us to say because it looks pretty similar to the other two “K” models. However, one thing that you would notice is that the headlights have a different layout, and the main ones are significantly larger too.Read the entire article Skoda’s small crossover - the Kamiq - will be exclusive to China
After publishing a teaser design sketch last month, Skoda finally revealed the mildly updated Fabia Facelift in a hatchback as well as a wagon variant. The changes on its design are so subtle that you may not notice them right away. But we’re here to point these out for you. Let’s start off with the headlights and taillights. These now use LED tech, making the rear look like the facelifted Octavia.
Customers can now get a set of 18-inch alloy wheels exclusively for the hatchback version, which is a first for the Fabia. Both the front and the rear bumpers have been given some changes too but these are not very apparent. While these revisions are welcome, these probably will not get you so excited that you’d want to go straight to your dealership.
As for technology upgrades, the cabin has now been equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen that have Bluetooth, USB, and SD card connectivity. The car gets the Swing system as standard but customers can then opt for the Swing Plus and Amundsen setup if they want features like CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.Read the entire article 2018 Skoda Fabia Facelift gets mild updates, LED, new trim, more tech
When the Skoda Octavia went through its mid-cycle refresh, which was eventually revealed in October of 2016, it did not get an all-digital instrument cluster, unlike the Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon that share one platform. And because of that, Skoda decided to make up for lost time and is now going to offer buyers an option where they will replace the analog driver’s display with a fully digital screen like that you will find in the Karoq compact crossover, but of course with an added cost.
The new fully digital instrument panel has recently been added into the Czech configurator, where it is listed, and has an asking price of 8 900 Kč (that is equivalent to about €351 at current exchange rates). We are expecting to see the facelifted Octavia with this new feature, earlier next month when it goes to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the tweaked Fabia.
Physically, the digital instrument panel measures 12.3 inches in diagonal, wherein the digital instrument panel sports a resolution of 1,4400 by 540 pixels. Drivers have an option to go 2D or 3D when it comes to navigation information. It also features different layouts including Classic, Digital, Info-Profile, and Reduced.Read the entire article Facelifted Skoda Octavia boasts new feature – the all-digital instrument cluster
Those in the United Kingdom may now order a new version of Skoda’s sports utility vehicle – the new Skoda Kodiaq Sportline. It will be slotted between SE L and Edition versions of the Kodiaq, and will have a starting price of £32,685 in the UK. It is now available to order, with first deliveries expected in February 2018.
As its name indicates, the Sportline trim just makes the Skoda Kodiaq look sportier. Featuring the same engine lineup as the Kodiaq, the Kodiaq Sportline is as powerful as its regular version. Most of the changes implemented involved sportier tweaks, although in terms of traction and safety performance the new Skoda Kodiaq is better because it comes standard with an all-wheel drive system. This technology allows the Kodiaq Sportline to be suitable even in rough terrain, a capability boosted by the fact that its ground clearance is higher than a regular Kodiaq (194 mm vs. 187 mm).
To differentiate the Kodiaq Sportline from the regular Kodiaq, the new version comes with a number of black design features -- grille, roof rails, wing mirror housings, and side window trims. Its protective side trims are specified in body color while its front and rear bumpers have been tweaked. Furthermore, the Kodiaq Sportline features a tinted rear window and rear side windows. Its profile is also marked by short overhangs and specially designed 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch wheels are available).Read the entire article 2018 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline now available to order in the UK with starting price of £32,685
While many believe electric mobility is the future, it is still uncertain how far or near we really are into making the transition --- but that may change real soon.
Insiders reveal in a recent report by Autocar that Volkswagen Group is taking the steps to make this happen at the earliest time possible. How? It seeks to become the leading promoter of e-mobility in the market. It is said that Volkswagen Group wishes to launch about 30 EVs by 2025, but prior to that, the German marque will be promoting a number of gasoline-electric hybrids under its sub-brands. It’s expected to comprise several SUVs and two electrified hatchbacks.
In a bid to win the hearts of car enthusiasts, Volkswagen AG’s marketing people thought the hybrid hatches hold the key to letting everyone come aboard the electrified future. This could be achieved by means of spreading the word about electric technologies among fellow customers. Well, hot hybrid hatchbacks can be a lot of fun you know.Read the entire article A hybrid Skoda Fabia RS may be part of VW’s upcoming lineup under e-mobility campaign
You may have heard about the boost that ABT Sportsline gave the Skoda Octavia RS. However, the changes are not as significant outwardly compared to what has been done on the engine. Well, it has received a new set of custom 19-inch wheels, and a stiffer sports suspension, lowering its overall height by 20 millimeters. But most of the magic happens under the hood.
The Octavia RS now has a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. It used to have an output of only 230 horsepower and 258 pound feet (350 Newton metres) of torque. What ABT did to Skoda’s TSI unit, which is the same as what many other Volkswagen models have received, is to bring out 315 horsepower and 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) of torque. Because of the use of the bespoke engine control module, the model now offers an additional 85 horsepower and 74 lb-ft (100 Newton metres) from the standard model. This makes it perform much better as well; however, the tuner has not officially released its details.
Inside, it still comes with an infotainment system with electronic driver aids as well as safety features that come standard. Some of the safety features include adaptive light and front fog lights that work as cornering lights. The external and internal rear view mirrors have an auto-dimming function as well.Read the entire article ABT Sportsline offers tuning package for the Skoda Octavia RS with up to 315hp output
Skoda has not even begun deliveries for the Karoq compact crossover to their customers, and yet, they are already open to discuss future derivatives to add to the lineup. Rather than developing another Yeti, the company decided to halt the production of that model and instead replace it with a Sportline variant for next year, giving it a more aggressive appearance minus the hardware upgrades. But if you are interested in the high-performance version, you will have to wait until 2019 for it to be launched.
The Karoq Sportline will go on sale in 2019 at the earliest. And if they were to discuss a RS version, it would either have a pure petrol or something else. It is unsure whether it would feature plug-in hybrid systems like those on the VW Golf GTE and Passat GTE, or even a 48-volt mild hybrid setup with a smaller battery that works as a performance aid.
Though the automaker has not confirmed production of the RS model just yet, Christian Strube, R&D boss of Skoda, did say in his interview with Auto Express that he is keen on making it happen. Apart from that, he also was the person who made the Kodiaq RS push through. This model will be out sometime next year. Also, in 2019, we might see the very first Skoda with an electrified powertrain, which will be the Kodiaq’s smaller brother. It might also be joined by the plug-in versions of the Superb and the Kodiaq.Read the entire article Skoda Karoq RS is currently being tested with an electric boost
Last April, Skoda revealed the Vision E Concept at the Auto Shanghai in China. But now, the zero emissions vehicle is set to make its European debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Except this time, it has received several minor visual changes that are borderline noticeable.
Some of the changes can be seen on the lower LED light bar up front where it now moves a little upwards toward the corners. The alloy wheels have also received an upgrade with its new design. Skoda only released a few photos of the upgraded Vision E concept so we do not know yet if the rear end had been changed as well. But looking into the cabin, the door panels and also the top of the dashboard around the touch screens seem to have received a new trim. The pattern on the bottom part of the dash has also been changed. It also appears that the center console has been revised as well. Overall, there are a couple of changes that have been done but most of them are not very obvious.
As you can see, the Vision E seems to be a preview of Skoda’s electrified future. But it isn’t just a preview of upcoming technology but also of the company’s crossover-coupe possibilities in the future. The concept that will be heading to Frankfurt will now be carrying a pair of electric motors that have 306 horsepower (225 kilowatts) at both the front and rear axles, enabling it to continue on to reach a top speed of 112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour).Read the entire article Skoda modifies the Vision E Concept for 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
In a bid to stay fresh and more relevant in today’s segment, Skoda is giving the Superb a mini makeover for the 2018 model year. Similar to the newly refreshed Octavia and Kodiaq, the iconic Superb will be featuring new technologies and premium infotainment system for the Columbus, Bolero, Amundsen and Swing.
To start with, Skoda replaces the outdated 8.0-inch infotainment system with the latest 9.2-inch flush glass high resolution infotainment screen on the Columbus. There are also the newly updated Bolero and Amundsen infotainment systems with larger displays measuring 6.5- 8 inches wide. Its entry level version, the Superb Swing is also getting a new 6.5-inch diagonal display.
As part of the mini overhaul, the Superb for the first time will come with Park Distance Control and Maneuver Assist in extended mode. This new smart feature can sense if there are obstacles and at the same time, cautions the driver with an audio and visual alert. To prevent crash, the system is programmed to activate the brakes in case the driver disregards the early warning.Read the entire article 2018 Skoda Superb to receive new tech updates and infotainment system
Skoda recently launched the new Karoq compact SUV as a replacement model to its now-defunct Yeti small crossover. Slotted below the newly introduced Skoda Kodiaq, the new Karoq features a design that looks further ahead in the compact SUV segment. While the new Skoda Karoq isn’t really a sporty model – whether in looks or performance – it wouldn’t be bad to re-imagine the Yeti replacement in RS and Monte Carlo versions.
In case you are having a hard time imagining how the new Skoda Karoq compact SUV would look like, you can turn to the works of automotive visual artist X-Tomi Design as reference. Known for re-imagining different versions of current vehicle models, X-Tomi Design has turned his eyes on the newly unveiled Skoda Karoq and rendered its Karoq RS and Karoq Monte Carlo variants.
The compact SUV in white is the new Karoq RS, with various exterior modifications that distinguish it as the top sporting version of the new compact SUV. There have been rumors that Skoda is really planning to create an RS version of the Karoq, which should deliver up to 300 hp of output. The most powerful Skoda Karoq in the lineup is the one served by a 2.0-liter TDI engine that delivers 187 hp (190 PS) of max output and 400 Nm (295 lb.-ft.) of peak torque.Read the entire article X-Tomi Design renders RS and Monte Carlo versions of the Skoda Karoq
The other day, we were just wondering whether the 2018 Skoda Karoq was a successor of the larger Kodiaq. But since the company said that the Yeti was discontinued for something more exciting, we thought that maybe the new compact crossover will be the one replacing it. Turns out we were right - Skoda officially announced that the 2018 Karoq is the Yeti’s successor.
After a long wait, the company is finally ready to unveil the compact crossover, as the Yeti’s replacement. Not only did it get a new name, it seems to also have been influenced by the Kodiaq’s design, albeit a mini version of it, especially at first glance.
The Czech company announced that the Karoq will be available in the second half of 2017.Read the entire article 2018 Skoda Karoq is officially the Yeti successor
Well, you guys don’t have to wait too long for its debut. And even before Thursday, a sneak peek of the compact crossover has been posted online to ease the anticipation. Though the photos are much of a tease, despite the fact that one of them is just a silhouette, and the others are still in their camouflage, we can sort of imagine how it looks like already. First of all, we can tell that it is a mini version of its big brother - like a Kodiaq built on a 75-percent scale, and both models resemble one another a lot.
The Karoq was built with slightly larger upper headlights, and the lower ones have been reshaped. Its rear end has new LED taillights that extend onto the upper area of the electric trunk lid. Like I said, it is very similar to the Kodiaq with only subtle changes.
Inside the cabin, the Karoq will be getting Skoda’s newest infotainment system in glass - like the one in the facelifted Octavia and Kodiaq. Aside from that, it will be equipped with an all-digital instrument cluster which is something new from the Czech automaker. Other details include an electric parking brake and glossy black bits, and of course, LED ambient lighting in ten different colours that customers can choose from.Read the entire article Skoda releases teaser photos of the Karoq crossover
As the loveable 2nd-generation Skoda Yeti will be possibly geared towards an apparent retirement, Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda has recently confirmed that a new member will join the ranks of its predecessors, a Tiguan-related medium SUV that will be known as the Skoda Karoq. The all new crossover will have its global debut on May 18 this year in Stockholm, and sales in Europe will begin in the latter part of this year.
Rumors were indeed true, as Skoda will be saying goodbye to the its esteemed Yeti. The new name is indeed catchy, with the moniker based on the same language that also gave us the Kodiaq- the Aluttiq folks, who are indigenous tribes hailing from the Kodiak Island archipelago situated off the southern coast of Alaska. The Skoda's Kodiaq is named for the bear that is known as the Kodiak in English, with the q being substituted to serve as a tribute to the Alutiiq, where they name the bear as Taquka'aq. Morevoer the name Karoq is drawn from the words "Kaa'raq" which means car, and "Ruq" which means an arrow.
As the sibling model of the Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca, the all new Skoda model will have the group's dynamic MBQ platform and will be geared with 2 gasoline and 3 diesel engines that will produce 115 hp (85 kW) and 190 hp (140 kW). The brand new 1.5 L TSI unit with cylinder deactivation akin to the Golf model improvement will also be provided, and the 190 hp 2.0 L diesel will be set as the standard with the all-wheel drive and 7 speed DSG. Moreover, the 5 seat Karoq will have a front-wheel drive system identical to its 2 siblings, however the higher specs variants will be the only models to be equipped with AWD. The 6 speed DSG transmissions and manual will also be offered.Read the entire article Skoda Yeti successor announced, meet the Karoq!
Skoda announces its plans to begin sales of at least five electric vehicles by 2025. While doing its work, the Czech brand is also set to show off its Vision E Concept at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. For us, the Vision E’s debut this April will clearly represent the company’s green venture within the next several years.
Based on the initial sketches, Skoda’s concept EV bears the shape of an SUV along with an extremely remarkable exterior design. The five- seater coupe-like-SUV has this distinctly short front and rear overhangs, massive set of wheels with the absence of B-pillar just as in any other concepts.
Speaking with Automotive News in Europe, Skoda’s spokesperson explained the significant progression of their design—Skoda as we know started with the Vision S and now it has the Vision E concept.Read the entire article 2017 Auto Shanghai Preview: Skoda to bring autonomous EV at the Vision E Concept premiere
In a leaked image following a presentation held in China, we learned that Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda will soon unveil 2 more new SUVs in China, resulting in a four-model lineup. Of the 4 rumored vehicles, one has been revealed to the public - the seven seat Kodiaq.
The Kodiaq model will possibly receive the coupe treatment, a roofline raked to the rear end will be expected. Even though it will likely affect the Kodiaq's trunk capacity, it shouldn't be a big deal since the space inside will compensate as the SUV's interior has a large space.
Also seen on the powerpoint presentation are 2 vehicle outlines labelled "Model Q" and "Model K". There's much speculation that Model Q is foreseen to be a 2nd-generation Yeti and will be possibly built bigger to become a real to life crossover. The all new Yeti is planned to be unveiled on the latter part of the year and will likely be premiered at Frankfurt Motor Show around September and will be put on sale before this year concludes.Read the entire article Skoda Kodiaq Coupe, 2 new SUVs are confirmed to roll out in China
While it may take five more years before we can fully experience autonomous driving, the technology of electric vehicles is certainly way ahead. For that same reason, Skoda gears up for the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2017 this April.
After announcing the company’s electrification project, Skoda will finally bring out the EV concept for its official premiere. As stated by its CEO, Berhard Maier, the concept will show what Skoda’s electrical mobility will invariably appear. He added that the company is thrilled to “bring something new” at the Chinese expo.
The Vision S was initially revealed by Christian Strube, Skoda’s head for research and development. Although the concept is still stationed at company’s design headquarters, Skoda is more than ready to show it off next month at the exhibit.Read the entire article Skoda EV concept already set for Auto Shanghai 2017
Affordable while being elegant at the same time, SKODA is implementing different innovations to the RAPID range to bring these features to new heights.
Slotted between the FABIA and that of the OCTAVIA, both the RAPID and the ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK belong to the compact car segment and have already managed to set new standards with regards to spaciousness. Indeed, while they have a compact appearance, the space made available inside is truly remarkable. Now ŠKODA will be optimizing all of these aspects.
For example while the legroom for both models is at 65 mm, the RAPID offers rear headroom of 972 mm whereas the RAPID SPACEBACK reveals headroom space of 980 mm. Boot capacity is 550 liters for the RAPID with the RAPID SPACEBACK displaying volume at 415 liters.Read the entire article Skoda to debut facelifted version of Rapid at 2017 Geneva Motor Show
Soon, we will be able see VW Group's new frugal turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine underneath the hood of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift. This engine – the 1.5-liter TSI Evo powerplant --will be one of the five available engines for the 2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift.
When Skoda announced the face-lifted version of the Octavia in October 2016, it also disclosed that its power will be sourced from four available engines – two petrol and two diesel engines – in the United Kingdom. The petrol engines include a 1.0 TSI that delivers 115 PS and a 1.4 TSI that provides up to 150 PS. Meanwhile the diesel powerplants include a 1.6 TDI that generates 115 PS and a 2.0 TDI that develops max output of 150 PS. Available transmission systems include a manual gearbox and a DSG transmission with six or seven gears.
Now, the 1.5-liter TSI Evo petrol engine is not entirely a new powerplant. It is in fact, an evolution or an upgraded version of the 150-PS 1.4 TSI unit that is available as one of the cores for the 2017 Skoda Octavia. Featuring cylinder deactivation, this 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine is able to deliver 150 hp (110 kW) of max output and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This means that the petrol versions of the new 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will be available with either a 1.0 TSI with 115 PS or a 1.5 TSI Evo with 150 PS. As for the 1.4 TSI petrol engine in the Skoda Octavia, it will be gradually replaced with the evolved unit starting the second half of the year.Read the entire article 2017 Skoda Octavia will feature VW's turbocharged 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine
When Skoda unveiled the face-lifted 2017 Octavia RS in late 2016, the Czech carmaker got rid of all doubts whether it would create an RS version of the car. At the time, it touted the 2017 Octavia RS 230 as the most powerful Octavia of all time.
However, Skoda is now introducing a version of the 2017 Octavia RS that is even more powerful than a regular Octavia RS 230. With that fact, the carmaker is now touting the new Skoda Octavia RS as the most powerful Octavia in the company’s history. Definitely, the new Skoda Octavia RS 245 is now the quickest, most powerful Octavia in the carmaker’s lineup.
To determine the differences between the Octavia RS 230 and the Octavia RS 245, perhaps you would need a keener sense of sight. For instance, the Octavia RS 245 has more black accents on the exterior and more specific decorative trims in the cabin. Specifically, trim framing the radiator grille comes in gloss black. The same treatment is given to the exterior mirror housings and the trapezoid tailpipes.Read the entire article RS 245 is introduced as the most powerful Skoda Octavia in company’s history
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