Škoda Karoq

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Škoda Karoq (NU7)
2018 Skoda Karoq Edition TDi SCR 4X4 2.0 Front.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerŠkoda Auto
Production2017–present
AssemblyCzech Republic: Kvasiny;[1] Mladá Boleslav[2]
Germany: Osnabrück (2018–2019)[3]
Slovakia: Bratislava (Volkswagen Bratislava Plant)[4]
Russia: Nizhny Novgorod (GAZ)[5]
China: Ningbo (SAIC-VW)[6]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV (C)
Body style5-door SUV
Layout
PlatformVolkswagen Group MQB A1
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic Aisin
  • 7-speed DSG
  • 8-speed automatic Aisin
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,638 mm (103.9 in)[7]
2,688 mm (105.8 in) (China)
Length4,382 mm (172.5 in)[7]
4,432 mm (174.5 in) (China)
Width1,841 mm (72.5 in)[7]
Height1,603–1,614 mm (63.1–63.5 in)[7]
Chronology
PredecessorŠkoda Yeti

The Škoda Karoq is a compact crossover SUV (C-segment) designed and built by the Czech car manufacturer Škoda Auto. Introduced in 2017, the vehicle is based on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform, and replaced the Škoda Yeti.[8] The car slots between the smaller Kamiq and the larger Kodiaq.

The name Karoq is derived from Aleutian language, spoken by the native inhabitants of Alaskan island Kodiak. It is a combination of Aleutian words "kaa'raq" and "ruq", a car and an arrow, which are the elements of the Škoda logo.[9] It is the second Škoda model to have a name inspired by the Aleuts, after the Kodiaq.

Overview[edit]

The car was officially introduced at a special event on 18 May 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.[10] The car began to be produced at the turn of June and July 2017 in Kvasiny. The sales started in the autumn of 2017.[11] It is a sister model to the SEAT Ateca, sharing its chassis, roof stamping and side doors, although Volkswagen Group adopted extra measures to maximally differentiate their design by applying each brand's design language.[9]

Compared to its predecessor, the Škoda Yeti, the Karoq is significantly larger. It is 160 mm longer, 35 mm wider and 40 mm lower than the Yeti, and the wheelbase is 60 mm longer. It is not being marketed as the second generation Yeti to have a naming consistency with the Kamiq and Kodiaq. The new Karoq name is also adopted to boost the car's global appeal, since in China, one of the large market for the Karoq, the yeti association is seen as a negative and "polarized", as referred by Škoda board member for sales and marketing Werner Eichhorn.[10]

The Karoq is available in two and four-wheel-drive configurations. Higher trim levels will come with a Driving Mode Select system with five modes, while an Off-Road mode featuring traction control and electronic differential lock is an option on four-wheel-drive models. The Karoq's suspension features a MacPherson-designed front axle with triangular wishbones, and a four-link rear axle. A Dynamic Chassis Control system on the 1.5-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI engines will offer three chassis modes which are Comfort, Standard and Sport with electrically operated valves adjusting based on road conditions.[10]

It is Škoda’s best-selling model in 2019, with global deliveries already exceeding 137,700 units in the first 11 months of the year. In 2018, the automaker delivered 115,700 units to customers worldwide, with the total number of units built since the model’s launch in October 2017 reaching the 250,000 mark in mid-September 2019.[5]

China[edit]

The Karoq for the Chinese market is produced by SAIC-Volkswagen, which is the sole manufacturer of Škoda vehicles in China. The vehicle made its domestic debut at the 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show with the Chinese name 柯珞克; (Kēluòkè).[12] Compared to the European model, the car is longer by 50 mm (2.0 in) and the wheelbase is increased by 50 mm (2.0 in).[13][14] It went on sale in January 2018.[15]

The vehicle is used as a basis for a Volkswagen-badged sister model called the Volkswagen Tharu.[16][17]

Russia[edit]

The Karoq entered production on 12 December 2019 at Volkswagen Group’s Nizhny Novgorod plant in Russia through CKD kits.[18] It went on sale in Russia from February 2020.[19] The standard engine choice is a 110 PS (108 hp; 81 kW) 1.6-litre MPI naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, while a 150 PS (148 hp; 110 kW) 1.4-litre TSI petrol is available for higher trims. The base engine comes with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, while the TSI is mated to either an 8-speed automatic and FWD or a 6-speed DSG transmission with AWD.[5]

Powertrain[edit]

The Škoda Karoq is available with several engines for different markets ranging from 1.0 to 2.0-litres, and a choice of front or all-wheel drive.[20][21]

Petrol engines
Model Years Displacement Power Torque Top speed Fuel economy

(US MPG)

Transmission Markets
1.0 TSI 2020-2021 999 cc I3 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 187 km/h (116 mph) 6.2 l/100 km

(38 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
1.0 TSI 2017-2020 999 cc I3 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 187 km/h (116 mph) 5.3 l/100 km

(44 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
1.0 TSI 2017-2020 999 cc I3 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 186 km/h (116 mph) 5.2 l/100 km

(45 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe
1.2 TSI 2017- 1,197 cc I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 185 N⋅m (136 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic China[22]
1.4 TSI 2017- 1,395 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG China
1.4 TSI 2017- 1,395 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 198 km/h (123 mph) 7.1 l/100 km

(33 MPG)

8-speed automatic Russia, Australia[23]
1.4 TSI 4x4 2017- 1,395 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 192 km/h (119 mph) 8.1 l/100 km

(29 MPG)

7-speed DSG Russia
1.5 TSI 2017-2021 1,498 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 207 km/h (129 mph) 6.4 l/100 km

(37 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
1.5 TSI 2017-2021 1,498 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 206 km/h (128 mph) 6.4 l/100 km

(37 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe
1.6 MPI 2017- 1,598 cc I4 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) 152 N⋅m (112 lb⋅ft) 185 km/h (115 mph) 7.1 l/100 km

(33 MPG)

5-speed manual Russia
1.6 MPI 2017- 1,598 cc I4 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) 152 N⋅m (112 lb⋅ft) 180 km/h (112 mph) 7.2 l/100 km

(33 MPG)

6-speed automatic Russia
2.0 TSI 4x4 2017-2019,

2021

1,984 cc I4 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) 218 km/h (135 mph) 6.8 l/100 km

(35 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe, Australia
2.0 TSI 4x4 2019-2020 1,984 cc I4 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 211 km/h (131 mph) 5.3 l/100 km

(44 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe, Australia
Diesel engines
1.6 TDI 2017-2020 1,598 cc I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 188 km/h (117 mph) 4.6 l/100 km

(51 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
1.6 TDI 2017-2020 1,598 cc I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 188 km/h (117 mph) 4.4 l/100 km

(53 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe
2.0 TDI 2020-2021 1,968 cc I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)

300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)

190 km/h (118 mph) 5 l/100 km

(47 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
2.0 TDI 2020-2021 1,968 cc I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 189 km/h (117 mph) 5 l/100 km

(47 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe
2.0 TDI SCR 2017-2021 1,968 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft) 207 km/h (129 mph) 5.1 l/100 km

(47 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
2.0 TDI SCR 4x4 2017-2021 1,968 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft) 196 km/h (122 mph) 5 l/100 km

(47 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
2.0 TDI SCR 4x4 2017-2021 1,968 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft) 199 km/h (124 mph) 5.9 l/100 km

(40 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe
2.0 TDI SCR 4x4 2019-2020 1,968 cc I4 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 211 km/h (131 mph) 5.3 l/100 km

(44 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe

Facelift[edit]

The facelifted Karoq was unveiled in December 2021. It features a completely restyled front and rear end, and received a few new comfort-related features on the inside. It offers a new 10,25" digital gauge cluster, three-zone automatic AC, adaptive suspension DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) and electric sliding panoramic sunroof for higher trim levels. The new Karoq is first offered in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland with pre-orders starting December 2021 and delivery to customers is expected in spring of 2022. It is sold in three trim levels: Active (Slovakia and Czech Republic only), Ambition and Style, as well as a sporty Karoq Sportline. Detailed technical specifications were published in February 2022.

Powertrain[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Displacement Power Torque Top speed Fuel economy

(US MPG)

Transmission Markets
1.0 TSI Evo 2022- 999 cc I3 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 191 km/h (119 mph) 6.2 l/100 km

(38 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
1.5 TSI ACT Evo 2022- 1,498 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 211 km/h (131 mph) 6.5 l/100 km

(36 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
1.5 TSI ACT Evo 2022- 1,498 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 210 km/h (130 mph) 6.5 l/100 km

(36 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe
2.0 TSI Evo 4x4 2022- 1,984 cc I4 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) 221 km/h (137 mph) 7.8 l/100 km

(30 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe,

Spotline only

Diesel engines
2.0 TDI Evo 2022- 1,968 cc I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) 193 km/h (120 mph) 5 l/100 km

(47 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
2.0 TDI Evo 2022- 1,968 cc I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 192 km/h (119 mph) 5.1 l/100 km

(46 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe
2.0 TDI SCR Evo 2022- 1,968 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft) 210 km/h (130 mph) 5.1 l/100 km

(46 MPG)

6-speed manual Europe
2.0 TDI SCR Evo 4x4 2022- 1,968 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft) 204 km/h (127 mph) 5.9 l/100 km

(40 MPG)

7-speed DSG Europe

Awards[edit]

In the German reading poll Autonis 2017, Auto motor und sport readers voted Karoq the most beautiful car in the class of compact SUV.[24] The German car magazines Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag have awarded Karoq with the Golden Steering Wheel 2017.[25] The Škoda Karoq won the title Car of the Year 2018 in the Czech Republic in January 2018.[26]

Sales and production figures[edit]

Strong demand for the Karoq forced Volkswagen Group to assemble the car in two additional plants, in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic and in Volkswagen plant in Osnabrück, Germany in 2018-2019.[27] In April 2018, Škoda CEO Bernhard Maier said during Škoda's annual results conference that customers in several markets had to wait for up to 10 months for their car to be delivered.[3] It was also manufactured in Bratislava, Slovakia from October 2020.[18][28]

Year Sales Production
Europe[29] China[15]
2017 5,981
2018 78,842 31,071 173,816[30]
2019 105,041 38,026 203,688[31]
2020 82,121 22,536

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