TMR Team | May 19, 2017

Skoda has unveiled its next-generation small SUV, to be called the Karoq as a successor to the previous Yeti and an accompaniment to the brand’s larger seven-seat Kodiaq SUV

Unlike the somewhat oddly-styled Yeti, the Karoq shows the brands more sedate styling approach, looking more like a scaled-down version of the Kodiaq, with similar head and tail light treatments, and mini-me lines along its flanks.

The Karoq name is derived from an indigenous language of a tribe that lives off the coast of Alaska, following the theme of the brand's larger seven-seat Kodiaq SUV.

Beneath the bodywork the Karoq will be based on the Volkswagen Group's modular MQB platform that forms the basis for the Karoq's larger Kodiaq sibling and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The new model grows in size compared to its successor at 4382mm long, 1841mm wide and 1605mm tall, making it 195mm longer, 48mm wider but 86mm lower overall than the Yeti, with a wheelbase boosted by 60mm to 2638mm for two wheel drive versions.

Skoda will also introduce its version of the Volkswagen Group’s digital instrument display, a first for the brand, linked to Skoda’s connected infotainment system capable of WiFi connectivity and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Under the bonnet Skoda will offer a turbocharged range of diesel and petrol engines starting with an 85kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol (as seen in the new Rapid) through to a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol plus a pair of diesels at 1.6-litres and 2.0-litres with the flagship engine producing 140kW.

Both six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions will be available across most of the range in Europe, along with available front wheel drive and all wheel drive depending on specification.

As well as signaling a new SUV era for the Czech brand, the Karoq also give some indication of what to expect from the production version Volkswagen’s new T-Roc SUV, set to be unveiled soon.

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