The choice to drop the favored Yeti identify was partly to bolster hyperlinks to the Kodiaq, but in addition designed to assist increase the automobile’s international attraction. In China, one of many fastest-growing automobile markets the place SUVs are vastly common, the yeti affiliation is seen as a detrimental, provided that the yeti folklore originates in Bhutan, a rustic with which China has no diplomatic relations.
Board member for gross sales and advertising Werner Eichhorn mentioned: “We offered 550,000 items in 2006, and 1.1 million in 2016. China is our quickest rising market. The compact SUV section is the expansion section within the business. Gross sales within the section have tripled within the final couple of years and that may proceed. The Karoq units a transparent reduce development in its goal section.”
When requested in regards to the identify, Maier conceded that the Chinese language market was an element within the choice – but in addition cited a want to make sure the Karoq had a novel id. He mentioned: “Beginning with the Kodiaq, we thought a Ok and a Q is an ideal match for our SUV, so we expect it is well worth the identify Karoq.
“In China certainly [the Yeti name] is, let’s say, polarised. With the Karoq we don’t see that any extra. Karoq is its personal distinctive identify, and you’ll’t take it in another way or in a foul method. And Karoq has a pleasant story behind it.”
Skoda Karoq supplied with 5 engine choices
The Karoq might be supplied with two petrol engines: a 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder with 113bhp and 129lb ft, and a 1.5-litre TSI with 148bhp and 184lb ft. The latter, which options lively cylinder know-how, can propel the automobile from 0-62mph in 8.4sec.
The three diesel engines embody a 2.0-litre TDI with 148bhp that has already featured in Skoda’s vary. The opposite two are new: a 1.6-litre TDI with 113bhp and 184lb ft, and a range-topping 2.0-litre TDI with 186bhp and 295lb ft.
The brand new 2.0-litre TDI engine comes with a seven-speed DSG computerized gearbox as customary, whereas the others can be found with a six-speed guide as properly.
The Karoq is out there in two and four-wheel-drive. Greater specs will include a Driving Mode Choose system with 5 modes: Regular, Sport, Eco, Particular person and Snow. Off-Street mode, that includes traction management and digital differential lock, might be an choice on four-wheel-drive fashions.