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.
The up-and-coming Karoq is 1,605 mm high, 1,841 mm wide, and 4,382 in length with its wheelbase extending to 2,638 mm for FWD models, and for AWD equipped variants its wheelbase will measure up to 2,630 mm. The Karoq's trunk is able to accommodate around 521 L of cargo even with rear seats in place or up to 1,630 L once you fold them. However, if you prefer a roomier trunk, you can remove the rear seats and it will then further accommodate up to 1,810 L. Skoda consumers can opt for a VarioFlex rear seat system that provides a variable trunk space of 479 to 588 L, but will require additional payment.
Spy shots and teaser images recently revealed the thinly camouflaged prototypes, and these shows that the Czech based company is distancing itself from the funky design of the previous models and is gearing towards a more modern design that is heavily based on the Kodiaq. Rumors also revealed that the Karoq will be the first Skoda release that will have an all digital instrument cluster, paired with other familiar novelties such as the full-LED headlights, electric tailgate and LED ambient lighting offered in 10 colors.