The popular Skoda Karoq is getting an upgrade. Described as having a more refined design, sustainable materials, new technologies and a choice of efficient latest-generation EVO engines.
Since its launch as the second SUV model range in 2017, more than 5,000 Karoqs have been sold in Ireland, making the smaller brother of the Kodiaq a mainstay in the Skoda line-up after the brand’s bestseller, the Octavia, and the Kodiaq seven-seater SUV. The updated new model will start from €33,750. It will be available in the ‘Ambition’ and ‘Style’ trim levels and as a ‘SportLine’ variant.
John Donegan, Director of ŠKODA Ireland told us: “When we launched the Karoq here in Ireland in 2017, we stepped up the pace of our SUV campaign. The model has become a real success story and has contributed significantly to the fact that SUVs now account for over 45per cent of total deliveries. The Karoq offers customers an impressive overall package that includes a fresh design, improved aerodynamics, new sustainable materials, state-of-the-art assistance systems and the latest infotainment options.”
The new Karoq updated design features the likes of a the wider new hexagonal Skoda grille, restyled front and rear aprons, as well as slimmer and sharper LED headlights and tail lights. The daytime running lights are now split in two, and for the first time, the Karoq can be equipped with full-LED Matrix headlights which are standard on Style and Sportline models.
Aerodynamics have been improved by more than 9%, meaning that the SUV now boasts a drag coefficient (cd ) of 0.30 and correspondingly lower CO2 emissions. This has been made possible, for example, by new alloy wheels with Aero inserts, a longer rear spoiler, side finlets on the rear window and the now covered underbody. An increased range of state-of-the-art assistance and safety systems ensures even higher levels of active and passive safety.
The look of the Karoq’s interior is defined by new decorative trim and upholstery options, which can be made from sustainable materials if selected. For example, in the Eco pack, the seat covers are partly made from recycled plastic juice bottles.
The updated model can also be equipped with one of three efficient engines from Volkswagen Group’s latest EVO generation. One diesel and two petrol engines deliver power outputs ranging from 110bhp to 150bhp.