Skoda has provided a first look at its upcoming compact SUV Karoq, shortly before its global premiere. The Czech car maker said that it has opted for an emotive design concept, featuring crystalline elements, to maintain a balance between robustness and visual finesse. The Karoq represents Skoda’s new design language, which is expected to finds its way into future models as well. The new SUV is expected to come with electronic parking brake as standard and all-wheel-drive, with a seven-speed DSG are optional.
The front section features a three-dimensional design. The radiator grille has a chrome finish and has vertical double slats and to create the trapezoidal cross section reminiscent of current Skoda SUVs. The crystalline cut on the full-LED headlights and the eight light strips underneath them are a first of its kind for a Skoda SUV. The tail lighting with LED technology includes the rear lights, brake lights and fog lights. The design concept also features narrow, raked tail lights, the outer segment of which is embedded in the side frames, while the inner segment is integrated into the tailgate.
The LED ambient lighting is a further highlight in the generously sized interior. Ultra-slim lighting strips are located on the upper edge of the four door trims and continue around the dashboard. The driver can control the brightness of the illumination, which can be set to one of ten different colours.
The compact SUV is 4,382 mm long, 1,841 mm wide and 1,605 mm high. It features a wheelbase of 2,638 mm for the two-wheel drive version and 2630 mm for the all-wheel-drive version. The boot has a capacity of 521 litres with the rear seats in place. This increases to 1,630 litres with the rear seats folded down. In combination with the optional VarioFlex rear seats, the boot space is variable and can hold between 479 and 588 litres.
The VarioFlex system consists of three separate rear seats, which can be adjusted and completely removed individually –turning the SUV into a van with a maximum loading capacity of 1,810 l. The interior exhibits a freshly designed dashboard divided into a tall upper and narrow lower section – a separation that is particularly noticeable in the large decorative areas on the passenger side. The door trims also continue this design approach.