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.
Just like previous Monte Carlo versions, the rendered Skoda Karoq Monte Carlo is wrapped in red finish with black roof. Its back side and rear windows are tinted. It should also feature red steering wheel as well as black interior and sports seats.
Of course, these renderings aren’t official images. The Czech carmaker hasn’t even announced that it would create RS and Monte Carlo versions of the new Karoq. An RS version would entail both visual and enhancements, while the Monte Carlo would only result to dramatic cosmetic tweaks meant to celebrate Skoda’s achievement in motorsports. These images from X-Tomi design only serve as reference for people to see how Skoda would treat the new Karoq in case it decides to create RS and Monte Carlo editions.
Even if there would be no RS or Monte Carlo editions, a typical Karoq would still be a healthy proposition. The new Karoq comes with a dynamic yet emotional design with an array of crystalline elements that are characteristics of Skoda’s new SUV design language. Measuring 4,382 mm in length, 1,841 mm in width and 1,605 mm in height, this compact SUV offers a long wheelbase of 2,638 mm (all-wheel version: 2,630 mm), resulting to a spacious interior. Its luggage compartment could accommodate 521 liters, which could be expanded to 1,630 liters when the rear seats are folded down.
Likewise, the new Karoq features new driver-assistance systems, full LED headlights and a digital instrument panel. Customers could choose from five engine variants with power outputs ranging from 85 kW (115 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp).