In 2017, with the introduction of the sumptuously appointed seven seater KODIAQ, ŠKODA AUTO embarked on its SUV campaign in India. The five seater KAROQ, unveiled today at an ex- showroom price of INR 24.99 lacs, is an integral part of the Czech marque’s model offensive strategy and expands the SUV spectrum for ŠKODA AUTO in the subcontinent. With its modern design, generous dimensions, class leading safety, and intelligent connectivity features, the KAROQ is positioned at the top end of its segment and caters to a growing class of discerning customers with the penchant for luxury as well as an entrenched appetite for a premium experience. The latest ŠKODA AUTO offering, in India, will be available in six distinctive colour options: Candy White, Magnetic Brown, Lava Blue, Magic Black, Brilliant Silver, and Quartz Grey, across all authorized ŠKODA AUTO dealership facilities in the country.
The KAROQ measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,624 mm high. The increase in size benefits passengers. The wheelbase of 2,638 mm gives the ŠKODA KAROQ a comfortable stance on the road and suggests the generously proportioned interior. The long wheelbase not only increases the space inside but also carves out a boot space of 521 litres, the largest within its class, which extends to 1,630 litres with the rear seats, capable of a 60:40 split, folded down thereby making space for business, pleasure, and practical essentials. The fascia of the new KAROQ is dominated by distinctive chrome surround on the ŠKODA signature radiator grille, characteristic LED headlamps with illuminated ‘eyelashes’, and sharply drawn fog lamps with cornering function. The dual tone Anthracite 43.18 cm (R17) Aronia alloy wheels, silver roof railings, crisp chrome garnish around the side window frames intensify the premium feel of this new ŠKODA SUV. The ŠKODA KAROQ opens up new vistas with the electrically adjustable panoramic sunroof with bounce back system that enhances the feeling of space.
At the rear, the KAROQ dons crystalline elements in the ŠKODA-typical C-shaped LED taillights. The ‘ŠKODA’ block letters on the tailgate supplanted the traditional winged arrow insignia. It reflects the evolution of the ŠKODA design philosophy, now ‘Simply Surprising’, and is a perfect testament to the brand’s profound self- confidence.
The new KAROQ gets silver décor on the dashboard with Stone Beige perforated leather upholstery. The decorative elements are black and gracefully complemented by chrome highlights. The twelve way electrically adjustable driver seat with programmable memory functions and lumbar support, come as standard.
The LED ambient lighting, running along the inside of the new KAROQ, offers ten programmable interior colour options. The foot well offers diffused LED lighting at front and rear.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
The state of the art 20.32 cm floating capacitive touch display, with proximity sensor, features a glass design and is a part of the new generation Amundsen Infotainment and Navigation System developed by ŠKODA AUTO. The new KAROQ is equipped with SmartLinkTM technology (ŠKODA connectivity bundle supporting MirrorLinkTM, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto) that mirrors a smartphone for seamless connectivity and undistracted drive; besides supporting voice command control, SD card reader, USB ports, and Bluetooth® GSM telephony and audio streaming options.
The new KAROQ features the Virtual Cockpit, a customizable digital instrument panel that offers a ‘Simply Clever’ perspective on comprehensive driving data and navigation.
The intelligent Two Zone Climatronic air conditioning system, with Air Care function, enables different temperatures to be set for the front and rear passengers. It is also fitted with a humidity sensor, which reduces windscreen misting, and a sun sensor. The Boarding spot lamps, designated to illuminate the entry area, are located on the external side view mirrors. Furthermore, the ŠKODA KAROQ also comes equipped with cruise control and automatic rain sensing wipers.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
The new KAROQ’s bold styling and class leading space may grab the headlines, but the car’s inner workings tell an equally compelling tale. The new 1.5 TSI petrol engine, mated with an automatic seven speed DSG gearbox, is at the core of the new ŠKODA KAROQ. With 16 valves Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), it delivers 150 PS (110 kW) of power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm, while delivering a fuel efficiency figure of 16.95 kmpl (high phase WLTP) and a top speed of 202 km/h. With Active Cylinder Technology, to further boost the fuel economy, two of the four cylinders in the TSI powertrain are deactivated, in view of the power requirement. Now that’s Simply Clever!
SAFETY AND SECURITY
The new ŠKODA KAROQ comes loaded with a wide range of standard safety features, such as nine airbags: dual front airbags, side airbags at front and rear, driver knee airbag as well as curtain airbags at front and rear, which is a segment benchmark.
The headlights of the new KAROQ come with the AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) function for optimum illumination of the road and its surroundings. These headlamps can respond to speed changes as well as to various light and weather conditions. The AFS system includes headlamp swivelling and cornering functions, in addition to dynamic headlamp inclination control.
The ŠKODA KAROQ is also equipped with iBuzz Fatigue Alert that detects any signs of fatigue in the driver and notifies him or her to take a break. To increase the degree of chassis protection, the vehicle is fitted with the Rough Road Package, taking the form of additional protection for the engine bay, oil sump, gearbox, etc.
In addition, a host of other security equipment and safety support functions include ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), MBA (Mechanical Brake Assist), MKB (Multi Collision Brake), HBA (Hill Brake Assist), ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), EDS (Electronic Differential Lock), electromechanical parking brake with Auto Hold function, tyre pressure monitoring system, acoustic warning signal for overrun speed, engine immobiliser with floating code system, Parktronic sensors and speakers at front and rear, and KESSY (Keyless Entry, Start, and exit SYstem) with engine start/stop button.
‘PEACE OF MIND’ COMES STANDARD WITH A ŠKODA
The ŠKODA Shield Plus ensures 6 years of hassle free ownership experience and utmost ‘PEACE OF MIND’. It incorporates motor insurance, 24 x 7 road side assistance, and an extended warranty. ŠKODA AUTO had previously introduced India’s first 4 year service care programme (4 year warranty, 4 year road side assistance, and an optional 4 year maintenance package).
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THE ŠKODA KAROQ PRICE SUMMARY
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- › The ŠKODA KAROQ is available at an attractive ex-showroom price of INR 24.99 lacs
- › It is an integral part of the Czech marque’s model offensive strategy and SUV campaign in the subcontinent
- › The KAROQ measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,624 mm high; the wheelbase of 2,638 mm gives the KAROQ a commanding stance and transcends into segment topping interior space
- › The characteristic LED headlamps with illuminated ‘eyelashes’, fog lamps with cornering function, dual tone Anthracite 43.18 cm (R17) Aronia alloy wheels, etc. lend the KAROQ a dynamic appearance
- › The boot space of 521 L, the largest within its class, extends to 1,630 L with the rear seats folded down
- › The KAROQ aims to indulge its occupants with the 20.32 cm Amundsen Infotainment and Navigation System with eight speakers, Virtual Cockpit, Two Zone Climatronic with Air Care function, etc.
- › The new ŠKODA KAROQ gets a premium silver décor with Stone Beige perforated leather upholstery
- › The new 1.5 TSI engine, paired with an automatic seven speed DSG, delivers 150 PS of power, a peak torque output of 250 Nm, a fuel efficiency of 16.95 kmpl (high phase WLTP), and a top speed of 202 km/h
- › Active Cylinder Technology boosts the fuel economy by automatically deactivating two of four cylinders in view of the power requirement; now that’s Simply Clever!
- › A gamut of class leading safety features: nine airbags, iBuzz Fatigue Alert, Rough Road Package, etc.
- › The new ŠKODA KAROQ will be available in six distinctive colour options: Candy White, Magnetic Brown, Lava Blue, Magic Black, Brilliant Silver, and Quartz Grey