The Skoda yeti was an unique product and while it had its own loyal followers it did not have the necessary mass market appeal and as we all know, SUVs are the flavour of the season with the whole world going crazy for them. Thus what what you have here is the Karoq, which is replacement for the yeti and will sit below the bigger Kodiaq.
The compact SUV measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high. It certainly looks much better than even the Kodiaq and the sculpted lines, LED headlamps, cladding while the rear is smoothened out with unique tail-lamps. Best looking SUV in its class? We say so.
The long wheelbase of 2,638 mm (all-wheel version: 2,630 mm) gives the Karoq knee room of 69 mm. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 l with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,630l. It is surely more roomy than the Yeti. The design inside is pure Skoda with its simple cabin design but now you have a touchscreen and digital instruments also. The feature list in long too and the main highlight is 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. There is also wireless charging for your phone, Wi-Fi hotspot etc.
There are two petrol and three diesel engines though for India we can expect the 1.6 petrol and 2.0 TDI with DSG and manual gearbox options. There is a Driving Mode Select with the Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4x4) modes and Off-Road mode with all-wheel drive.
For India we can expect a debut at the 2018 Auto Expo and a late next year launch as only now we are getting the Kodiaq later this year and only after that we can expect this to come.