New Skoda Karoq due in Ireland before the year-end

Hot on the heels of the hugely-successful Kodiaq, Skoda hasrevealed more details about the new smaller compact SUV, the Skoda Karoq.

Making its debut in Irelandthis December, the Skoda Karoq offers exceptional space and functionality, ideal for five people. New technologies, including a digital information display and a new 1.5 TSI petrol engine, are featured for the first time in a Skoda.

Skoda has also revealed further information on its future specification offering. Traditionally, Skoda has offered three common specification levels; the entry Active version, the mid-level Ambition and the highly specified Style. In a controversial move, the entry Active version of the Karoq will not be offered, focusing instead on the Ambition and Style versions from launch.

Speaking to us on the decision, Cathal Kealey, PR and sponsorship manager at Skoda Ireland, said the company was seeing more demand for higher specified models.

"Half of all Kodiaq sales are for the most highly specified Style versions, with only two per cent of our customers selecting the entry Active model. We took this on board when deciding on the best approach for the introduction of the Karoq to the Irish market and believe that by focusing on the higher spec models only, we will be better able to meet our customer’s needs.

"In fact, we plan to expand the Karoq range further in 2019 with the launch of the SportLine and luxury Laurin and Klement derivatives to further meet customer expectations.”

The Karoq will be unveiled to the public at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September with the first models arriving in Irish Skoda dealers in early December, just in time for the 181 registration period. Detailed price and specification details are expected to be announced in mid-October.

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