Launch planned this year

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - MOTORS - John Mur­doch

Skoda is about to take an­other gi­ant leap in the SUV mar­ket by re­plac­ing its very pop­u­lar Yeti model.

The Czech com­pany is adding to the re­lent­less march of the com­pact SUV by re­veal­ing yet an­other new­comer to the sec­tor in the shape of the Skoda Karoq.

The Karoq, which will be launched later this year, comes hot on the heels of the re­cently launched Ko­diaq – Skoda’s first large SUV.

And the Czech maker has no in­ten­tion of stop­ping there. The com­pany says its range ex­pan­sion strat­egy will pri­mar­ily fo­cus on broad­en­ing its SUV range over the next few years.

The new­comer ditches the Yeti’s boxy looks and will ben­e­fit from all the lat­est solutions crafted by the Volk­swa­gen Group which can also be found in SUVs from sis­ter com­pa­nies in­clud­ing VW it­self and SEAT.

That trans­lates into five en­gine vari­ants – two petrol and three diesels – four of which are new in the Skoda lineup. All pow­er­trains fea­ture turbo-charged di­rect in­jec­tion as well as stop-start tech­nol­ogy and brake en­ergy re­cov­ery.

With the ex­cep­tion of the most pow­er­ful diesel, all en­gines can be or­dered with a six-speed man­ual gear­box or seven-speed DSG auto. The top of the range 190PS, 2.0 TDI will come as stan­dard with all-wheel drive and the seven-speed DSG box.

The Karoq range will come with sta­teof-the-art in­fo­tain­ment func­tions and in­ter­faces through touch dis­plays with the pre­mium sys­tems fea­tur­ing a Wi-Fi hotspot. Other equip­ment will in­clude LED head­lights and a pro­gram­mable dig­i­tal in­stru­ment panel.

There will also be a raft of driver as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clud­ing Park As­sist, Lane As­sist and Traf­fic Jam As­sist. Blind Spot De­tect, Front As­sist with pre­dic­tive pedes­trian pro­tec­tion and Emer­gency As­sist, all of which serve to in­crease safety.

The new­comer will go on sale in the UK late this au­tumn with de­liv­er­ies start­ing next Jan­uary and although prices have still to be an­nounced ex­pect them to start at about £18,000.

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