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EXCLUSIVE: India-spec Skoda Karoq SUV Spotted on test - Launch soon

Aditya Jadhav  | Updated: January 16, 2020, 09:45 PM IST

The spy pictures of the upcoming Skoda Karoq confirm that the German car manufacturer will soon launch the SUV in India. Most likely the India-spec Karoq will be unveiled at the Auto Expo which is scheduled for next month.

The spy pictures confirm the Karoq will come equipped with all-LED headlamps and the fascia will be close to what we've seen on the larger Skoda Kodiaq. The side profile highlights the alloy wheels which are 17-inch in size, however, the SUV may come with an option to up the wheel size when launched in India. The side profile strongly resembles the crossover body style, although minimum overhangs on either end could help in its SUV duties.

India bound Karoq will be based on the Skoda's A0 IN platform which has been specifically tweaked keeping the Indian automotive industry in mind and the SUV will be the first one to debut with the same.

The occupants will experience features such as a larger touch screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. The instrument cluster will be the similar virtual cockpit interface seen on current Skoda cars. A panoramic sunroof will also be on offer.

The power source on option could be the 2.0-litre diesel engine that has been doing duty in the Skoda Superb and Kodiaq, and the Volkswagen Tiguan and Passat but in the BSVI state of tune. That said, the possibility of a turbocharged petrol engine cannot be neglected. The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is an option in the VW group cars internationally can make its way to India and could debut with the Karoq. Expect the power figure to be between 120-150PS for both petrol and diesel variants. The Karoq will also benefit from a Dual-clutch automatic gearbox whereas a six-speed manual transmission is expected to be standard. The higher trims could see an optional all-wheel-drive system on offer to keep it at par with its rivals.

Speaking of the rivals, the Skoda Karoq will be positioned beside the Jeep Compass, Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tuscon which is also expected to receive a generation upgrade this year. The prices are expected to range from Rs 20-24 lakh ex-showroom India.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
-NA-
Displacement
1497cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
150
Max Torque(Nm)
250
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 28.27 Lakhs
Displacement
1597cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
120
Max Torque(Nm)
300
Mileage
18.3 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 15.6 Lakhs
Displacement
1956cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
-NA-
Max Torque(Nm)
350
Mileage
17.1 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 34 Lakhs
Displacement
1968cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
190
Max Torque(Nm)
320
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 26 Lakhs
Displacement
1968cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
176.7
Max Torque(Nm)
350
Mileage
18.19 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 28.06 Lakhs
Displacement
1968cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
143
Max Torque(Nm)
320
Mileage
-NA-
Tags: Skoda  |  skoda india  |  Skoda Karoq  |  Skoda Kamiq  |  KAMIQ  |  Skoda SUV  |  vw  |  Volkswagen  |  BSVI  |  BS-VI
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