Skoda Karoq has entered series production at the Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic. The first unit of the SUV rolled off the production line a few days back. The customer deliveries for the Karoq SUV would start from October 2017. Making its world premiere in Stockholm in mid-May this year, Skoda Karoq is also tipped to be heading to the Indian market by mid 2018. The all-new SUV would replace the Yeti internationally as the production of Yeti has ended in June 2017.
“The start of series production for the new ŠKODA KAROQ is an important milestone for the entire company and, of course, for our workforce at the Kvasiny plant in particular,” said Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “Over recent months, the entire team has prepared intensively for our new SUV model going into production,” explained Oeljeklaus. The Karoq SUV would flaunt full-LED headlights, while having a boot capacity of up to 1630 litres. Inside the cabin, in a Skoda-first, it would get a freely programmable digital instrument panel. Some other utility features include VarioFlex rear seats and the virtual pedal for hands-free opening of the tailgate.
Mechanically, Skoda Karoq would be available in five engine variants with power outputs ranging from 113bhp to 187bhp. As part of the company’s 2025 future strategy, Skoda will vigorously press ahead with the expansion of its model range in the coming years, with the primary focus on expanding the SUV portfolio. As for the Kvasiny plant, it is one of three ŠKODA production sites in the Czech Republic. Since 2015 alone, the Czech Republican based automaker has invested approximately 11 billion korunas in developing the plant’s SUV production capabilities. In the coming years, production capacity will gradually increase to up to 295,000 vehicles per annum. In addition to the new Karoq, Kvasiny is currently producing the Skoda models Superb, Superb Combi and Kodiaq.