Skoda Karoq: First Drive Review
- May 31, 2019
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For those who eyed the Kodiaq and then turned away looking at the price tag, we've got some news for you. The little cousin of the big Skoda, called the Karoq, is arriving soon. How soon, you ask? In the next 12 to 18 months, says Ashutosh Dixit who heads the sales, service and marketing division at Skoda India.
The Karoq, much like its elder sibling, will be brought in via the CKD route. We aren't expecting prices to be super competitive, but it should land up in the whereabouts of Rs 20 lakh. That should see it square off against a mixed bag of competition ranging from the XUV500, the Hexa to conventional SUVs such as the Tucson and the Jeep Compass.
The small SUV is based on Volkswagen's acclaimed MQB platform. We're expecting Skoda to opt for the 2.0-litre TDi engine for India with 150PS on tap. That said, Skoda could also opt for the lower-spec 1.6 TDi just to ensure that the Karoq isn't as powerful as the big Kodiaq. Transmission options globally include a 6-speed manual and the slick-shifting DSG.
In terms of features, the Karoq is stuffed to the gills. Highlights include a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof and all-LED headlamps. How many of these features make their way to India, however, remains to be seen.
Speaking of India, Skoda recently confirmed that they're working on localising the MQB A0 platform. The first product based on the platform is expected to roll out by 2020. Now, it isn't clear if it'd wear a Skoda or a Volkswagen badge on its nose. But hey, as long as there are new cars, we're happy!