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Karoq or the future of Skoda

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With this new addition, which comes to Spain in late summer, the Volkswagen Group has three models that mimic the off-road vehicle body.

As with the entire Skoda range, the Karoq offers outstanding interior comfort.

With this SUV, Skoda debuts technologies such as a digital instrument cluster and configurable or Full LED headlights.

Under the watchful eyes of hundreds of journalists from around the world, Skoda unveils its latest model, the Skoda Karoq, in Stockholm. This is not another vehicle for the brand, which since the launch of Kodiaq lives in full effervescence by the SUV. With this new addition, which comes to Spain in late summer, the firm of the Volkswagen Group has three models that mimic the body of an SUV.

The amortized Yeti (before the end of the year will have a relay, probably with new name included) and the booming Kodiaq (endorsed by its 4.70 meters and seven interior seats) is joined by a Karoq that points to the center of the target. Taking as mold the Seat Ateca, Skoda configures an SUV of 4.38 meters long, 1.84 m wide and 1.60 m high.

Or what is the same, the Skoda Karoq competes with the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Kia Sportage or Seat Ateca. With this last one it shares platform of development, coinciding in motorizations, equipment or distance between axes. The design is one hundred percent Skoda, clearly differentiating itself from the Spanish model, and presenting the new Full LED headlights as a great novelty in the brand.

New Karoq Full LED headlights.

As with the entire Skoda range, the Karoq offers outstanding interior comfort. In absolute numbers, the new SUV has a boot of 521 liters and a total capacity of 1,630. Optionally it includes the VarioFlex system, that allows modulating the rear row of three seats: they can be displaced in length, recline the backups or extract individually.

It also bets on the opening of the tailgate with the foot as Simply Clever solution that will be the catalog of extras. The Phonebox space in the center console to inductively charge the phone without the need for cables. Four infotainment systems, with the Columbus top-of-the-range 9.2 “navigator and higher-quality glass design. Or as a great novelty in this section, a digital instrument panel and configurable, in the style of the Audi Virtual Cockpit.

The new Karoq is available with up to five different engines, with powers of between 115 and 190 hp, of which four are new. With the exception of the most powerful diesel engine, they can all be combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a DSG of 7. The 190 hp TDI comes standard with all-wheel drive and DSG gearbox. On the other hand, the new petrol engine TSI 1.5 has the function of deactivating the cylinder.

Skoda Connect, infotainment with capacitive touch screen in crystalline design and assistance via Care Connect.
From the Ambition finish, the Skoda Karoq chassis features a driving profile selector with Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow modes (4×4 versions). In addition, Karoq with all-wheel drive will optionally include Off-Road mode, which provides better driving characteristics in the most unfavorable terrain.

R. T.  EL DIARIO – 22/05/2017

 

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