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Skoda Karoq Debuts At Auto Expo 2020 Ahead Of India Launch


The Skoda Karoq will go on sale in April and rival the Jeep Compass

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  • The Skoda Karoq will be brought to India as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU) initially.
  • Noted features include connected car technology, powered front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.
  • It is powered by a 1.5-litre TSI engine that develops 150PS and 250Nm.
  • The Karoq is expected to be priced from Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).

Skoda Auto India has taken the wraps off the Karoq SUV at Auto Expo 2020. The Karoq sits below the Kodiaq and takes on the likes of the Jeep Compass and Volkswagen T-ROC. The premium midsize SUV will be brought as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU) and is slated for launch in April 2020. 

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Visually, the Karoq looks like a mini Kodiaq with similar design elements and silhouettes. The front end comes with the trademark butterfly grille, sleek LED headlamps and a pair of LED fog lamps, whose set up mimics the Kodiaq. At the side, highlights include squared-out wheel arches and a prominent shoulder line that runs through the profile. At the rear, the Karoq comes with ‘C’ shaped tail lamps. 

 

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Note: International-spec Karoq interior image used for representational purposes. 

Inside, the Karoq’s dashboard seems familiar as its layout is similar to other Skoda cars. The central console comes with a 8-inch infotainment system flanked by AC vents while the driver gets the premium Virtual Cockpit system. 

In terms of features, the Karoq comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connected car technology, powered front seats, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, dual-zone climate control, as well as a panoramic sunroof. Safety features on offer are ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability program, and traction control.  

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Under the hood, the Karoq comes with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre TSI engine that develops 150PS and 250Nm. Transmission options for this powertrain include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG. There won’t be a Karoq TDI in the initial phase as Skoda Auto Volkswagen India might choose to go the petrol-only route in BS6 era

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Prices for the Skoda Karoq are expected to start from Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched, the Karoq will lock horns with the Jeep Compass and Volkswagen T-ROC. Stay tuned to ZigWheels for our detailed first drive review of the Karoq.

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