As part of the ŠKODA 2025 future strategy, the company has recently revealed its most awaited SUV – ŠKODA KAROQ at Stockholm, Sweden. The car is a completely new compact SUV from the long-standing Czech brand. The emotive and dynamic design with numerous crystalline elements characterizes ŠKODA’s new SUV design language. The car offers exceptional space, new driver-assistance systems, full LED headlights and – for the first time in a ŠKODA – a digital instrument panel. The news of the launch was earlier reported at CarKrew.com on May 2, 2017.
The new mobile online services ŠKODA Connect are divided into two categories: Infotainment online services are used for information and navigation; the CareConnect services for assistance in case of breakdowns and emergencies. The Emergency Call button, which will be part of the standard equipment in Europe from 2018, is now available as an optional CareConnect service. Additional online services can be accessed via the ŠKODA Connect app. These can be used to remotely check, configure and find the parking place of your car using a smartphone.
The intelligent capability of pairing a car with a smartphone has reached a new level in the ŠKODA KAROQ. The SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLinkTM, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing. SmartLink+ comes as standard with higher infotainment systems. The Phonebox with inductive charging couples the smartphone to the roof antenna and simultaneously charges it wirelessly.
The car also offers a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. New comfort systems include Park Assist, Lane Assist, and Traffic Jam Assist. Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist serve to increase safety.
As far the power is concerned, the car comes with five engine variants are available from 85 kW (115 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS), of which four are new. Typical of ŠKODA are smart ideas for the brand’s new compact SUV which include features such as the rear-seat VarioFlex system and the virtual pedal for the hands-free opening of the boot. Particularly long items can be comfortably transported in the interior of the compact SUV – this is made possible by the folding front passenger seat.
In terms of size, the KAROQ measures 4,382 mm (172.5 in) in length, is 1,841 mm (72.5 in) wide and 1,605 mm (63.2 in) tall. The wheelbase stands at 2,638 mm (103.9 in) long (AWD version: 2,630 mm/103.5 in) and legroom for passengers is 68 mm (2.7 in). In other words, it’s about as big as a Seat Ateca.
As for luggage space, we’re looking at 521 liters (18.4 cu.ft) with the back seats in place, a capacity which increases to 1,630 liters (57.5 cu.ft) after folding down the seats. The rear seats can also be completely removed, giving KAROQ owners a maximum loading capacity of 1,810 liters (63.9 cu.ft).
The ŠKODA KAROQ chassis also sets benchmarks in its segment and demonstrates its quality, even off the beaten track. From the Ambition trim level upwards, Driving Mode Select with the Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4×4) modes is available on request.
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