Skoda India today, via virtual conference, launched the much awaited Karoq in India. The Karoq launched globally in 2017 has finally gotten its Indian debut, though as a CBU import.
The Karoq comes with a 1.5 litre TSI equipped with active cylinder management churning out 150 Bhp of power and 250 Nm of Torque. It can do the 0 to 100 Kmph dash in 9 seconds flat and go on to achieve a top speed of 202 Kmph and also boasts a fuel efficiency figure of 14.49 Kmpl. The 1.5 TSI comes mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission.
From the outside, at the front, a large grille sets the stage. Slim, sleek headlights come with LED daytime running light and below them are fog lamps which double up as cornering lamps. Broad arches create a rugged feel, as does the bulge in the centre of the bonnet. One of the best design cues on the Karoq is the one unbroken line which runs from the front headlight, right down the side of the car, and right around the back of the car. It’s acts a bit as broad shoulder line, enhancing the rugged edge to the styling. The rear end of the Karoq is the most understated. There is the smallest of spoilers, accented by gloss black trims to the side of the rear window. Look closely and you will spot the crystalline pattern on the ‘C’ shaped rear lights.
Inside, the Karoq comes with sculpted leather seats which feel luxurious and are well bolstered. With the soft leather front armrest and steering wheel adding to the niceties, the interior of the Karoq as an overall package feels luxurious and elegant. The Karoq is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system, a three spoke steering wheel with steering mounted controls and a virtual cockpit. The Karoq is a raft of features. Things such as dual zone climate control, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, ambient lighting, SmartLink connectivity, ParkTronic system, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, 9-airbags, ABS, EBD and electronic stability control (ESC) etc. are just some of the features in the Skoda Karoq’s stable.
The Skoda Karoq is priced at 24.99 (ex-showroom) and competes with the likes of Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier, VW T-Roc etc. the Karoq has been a much awaited car in the Indian market and that it’s here only time will tell how it fares against its rivals in its segment. Had Skoda done a good job with price in comparison to what is on offer or has the Karoq been priced out of its segment, let us what you think.