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2017 Skoda KAROQ news, pictures, specifications, and information

NEW OFFERING IN THE COMPACT SUV SEGMENT: THE ŠKODA KAROQ

•Design: modern dynamic SÚV design language
•Engines: four new engines, powerful and efficient TSI and TDI
•Chassis: state-of-the-art technology, up to five driving modes and special Off-road mode
•Driver assistance systems: extended range for increased safety and comfort
•ŠKODA Connect: infotainment wîth capacitive touch screen in glass design and Care Connect for assistance
•Equipment: Full LED headlights, digital instrument panel
•ŠKODA drives SÚV campaign forward wîth the ŠKODA KAROQ

Mladá Boleslav, 28 April 2017 – The ŠKODA KAROQ is a completely new compact SÚV. The emotive and dynamic design wîth numerous crystalline elements characterises ŠKODA's new SÚV design language. As a true ŠKODA, the ŠKODA KAROQ offers exceptional space in the interior and boot, new driver-assistance systems, Full LED headlights and – for the first time in a ŠKODA – a digital instrument panel. Five engine variants are available from 85 kW (115 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp), of which four are new. Features such as the rear-seat VarioFlex system and virtual pedal for the hands-free opening of the boot are additional smart ideas for the brand's new compact SÚV.

It is clear from the exterior shape, modified lines and larger dimensions that this is a completely new vehicle. The ŠKODA KAROQ is a sports utility vehicle wîth character: The emotive and dynamic design wîth numerous crystalline elements characterises ŠKODA's new SÚV design language.

The compact SÚV measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high. The long wheelbase of 2,638 millimetres (all-wheel version: 2,630 mm) gives the ŠKODA KAROQ a comfortable stance on the road. The increase in size benefits the passengers. The legroom is 68 millimetres.

The ŠKODA brand stands for an exceptional package. This also applies to the new KAROQ. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 litres wîth the back seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,630 litres. In combination wîth the optional VarioFlex rear seat, the boot space is variable and can hold between 479 and 588 litres. The seats can also be completely removed – and the SÚV becomes a van wîth a maximum loading capacity of 1,810 litres.

Segment leader: connectivity solutions

The ŠKODA KAROQ is at the top of its §egmènt wîth innovative connectivity solutions. The infotainment building blocks come from the second generation of the Group's modular infotainment kit, offering state-of-the-art functions, interfaces and equipped wîth capacitive touch displays. The top systems Columbus and Amundsen have a WLAN hotspot. An optional LTE module is available for the Columbus system. The Internet connection is based on today's fastest mobile radio standard, wîth which passengers can surf and access email freely wîth their phones and tablets.

The new mobile online services ŠKODA Connect are LTE-compatible and 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 come as standard in Europe in 2018, is now available as a Care-Connect service. Additional online services can be accessed via the ŠKODA Connect app. These can be used to remotely check, configure and find the car via a smartphone.

The intelligent networking between car and smartphone has reached a new level in the ŠKODA KAROQ. The SmartLink+ platform, compatible wîth Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLinkTM, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing. SmartLink+ comes as standard wîth higher infotainment systems. The phone box wîth inductive charging couples the smartphone to the roof antenna and simultaneously charges it wirelessly.

Reliable helpers: Driver assistance systems

The ŠKODA KAROQ offers a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. New comfort systems include the parking assistant, Lane Assist and traffic-jam assistant. Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist wîth predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assistant serve to increase safety. The ŠKODA KAROQ can tow trailers of up to two tonnes. The new trailer assistant helps when reversing slowly and manoeuvring.

Additional driver-assistance systems are available for the ŠKODA KAROQ to keep the car at a safe distance from the car ahead, make it easier for the driver to change and keep in lane, point out important traffic signs, and assist in parking.

The freely programmable digital instrument panel is available for the first time in a ŠKODA. In the ŠKODA KAROQ, the cockpit displays can be set to the driver's individual wishes.

Full LED headlights wîth clear-lens optics are available as an option for the ŠKODA KAROQ from the Ambition equipment line and higher. In the interior, new LED ambient lighting in the decor strips of doors and the dashboard creates a pleasant atmosphere, which can be set in ten colours.

Powerful and agile: Engines and chassis

The ŠKODA KAROQ offers state-of-the-art technologies for engines. Five engine variants – two petrol and three diesel engines – are on offer. The two petrol engines and two diesels are new in the line-up. The displacement ranges are 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 litres; the power range is from 85 kW (115 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). All drivetrains are turbo-charged direct injection units and feature start-stop technology and brake energy recovery. They are extremely economical and comply wîth EÚ 6 regulations. With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains can be ordered wîth a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI wîth 140 kW (190 hp) comes as standard wîth 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. The new 1.5 TSI has the special feature of cylinder deactivation.

The ŠKODA KAROQ chassis also sets benchmarks in its §egmènt and demonstrates its quality even off the beaten track. With the equipment line Ambition and higher, a driving profile selection wîth the modes Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4x4) is available on request. The Off-road mode wîth all-wheel-drive improves the driving characteristics on rough terrain.

Strategy 2025: ŠKODA drives SÚV campaign forward

As part of ŠKODA's Strategy 2025, the brand will be continually expanding the model range over the coming years. The primary focus will be on broadening the SÚV range. Most recently, the ŠKODA KODIAQ became the brand's first large SÚV to be launched in the international markets. With the ŠKODA KAROQ, the company has now reached the next milestone. The new compact SÚV celebrates its world premiere on 18 May in Stockholm; the market launch is set for the second half of 2017.

Source - Skoda

NEW COMPACT SUV IS CALLED ŠKODA KAROQ

•Name and spelling derived from the language of Alaska's indigenous people
•The name KAROQ is a combination of the terms 'KAA'RAQ' (car) and 'RÚQ' (arrow)
•Consistent nomenclature for all current and future ŠKODA SÚV models
•With the KAROQ, ŠKODA is consistently advancing its SÚV campaign
•World premiere of the new compact SÚV will take place in Stockholm on 18 May

Mladá Boleslav, 28 April 2017 – ŠKODA's new compact SÚV is called the KAROQ. The name and its spelling originate from the language of the Alutiiq, an indigenous tribe who live on an island off the southern coast of Alaska. For the name of the new compact SÚV, ŠKODA has drawn on the spelling of the ŠKODA KODIAQ and in doing so, has created a consistent nomenclature for the brand's current and future SÚV models. The ŠKODA KAROQ will be introduced to the public for the first time in Stockholm on 18 May and represents a further milestone in ŠKODA's SÚV campaign.

'The ŠKODA KAROQ is a completely newly designed SÚV that sets new benchmarks for our brand and its §egmènt in every way. With this new SÚV, we are taking the next logical step in our SÚV strategy,' said ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. 'The ŠKODA KAROQ impresses wîth its unique brand identity and a distinctive product identity and is introducing – alongside the typical ŠKODA strengths – the brand's new, emotive design language into the compact SÚV §egmènt,' added Maier.

As before wîth the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the people from Kodiak Island provided the inspiration for the name of the ŠKODA KAROQ. The coordinates of the remote archipelago off the southern coast of Alaska are 57°N and 153°W, and its untamed, unspoilt landscape is fascinating. In the language of the indigenous people from the Alutiiq tribe who live there, 'car' is 'KAA'RAQ'. They use the term 'RÚQ' for 'arrow', the symbol that constitutes the central element of ŠKODA's logo and represents the brand's dynamism. In the end, the name for ŠKODA's new compact SÚV – the ŠKODA KAROQ – was formed from the powerful combination of both words.

'It is important to us to give our new SÚV a powerful name. It also forms part of a naming approach across our SÚV models,' said Werner Eichhorn, Board Member for Sales and Marketing. 'At the same time, we are creating exceptional and memorable brand recognition value for our customers,' continued Eichhorn.

As part of ŠKODA's 2025 future strategy, the brand will continue to consistently advance the expansion of its model range in the coming years. The focus will be on expanding the SÚV portfolio in particular. With the launch of the ŠKODA KODIAQ, a new large SÚV was introduced to the international markets only recently. With the introduction of the ŠKODA KAROQ, the company is now setting the next milestone. The new compact SÚV will be celebrating its world premiere on 18 May in Stockholm. Its market launch will follow in the second half of 2017.

Source - Skoda
 
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