New Skoda Karoq is a digital SUV

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The Car Expert Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the Czech brand ramps up its SUV offensive.

A smaller sister to the Kodiaq and effectively replacing the highly successful Yeti, the Karoq is 4382mm long, 1841mm wide and 1605mm high. The significantly long wheelbase of 2638mm promises plentiful interior room, while boot space is generous too, at 521 litres, growing to 1630 litres with the rear seats folded forward.

Alternatively, VarioFlex rear seats can be fitted as part of the brand’s ‘Simply Clever’ programme – these consist of three separate rear seats that can be individually adjusted or even removed, providing between 479 or 588 litres of space which can grow to 1810 litres.

Digital direction

Skoda is heavily promoting the Karoq as the most digitised model in its range. The highlight is the first fully digital instrument panel offered in a Skoda, which can be customised to the driver’s preferences. All the displays are also linked to the car’s infotainment system, while other technology includes a wi-fi hotspot.

The Karoq will go on sale with a five-strong engine lineup, two petrol and three diesel. Capacities available range through 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 litres and power outputs from 115 to 190hp and the 190hp 2.0 diesel comes as standard with all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed DSG auto gearbox. All other powertrains will be orderable with either the DSG or a six-speed manual ‘box.

More details of the Karoq will be revealed when the car is unveiled on 12th September at the Frankfurt show. UK sales are expected to start in January 2018.

The Car Expert Skoda Karoq

Digitisation is a key element of the Skoda Karoq.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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