- Skoda Karoq to take on Jeep Compass and Honda CR-V.
- Skoda Karoq to feature MQB architecture.
- Skoda Karoq to be sold via the CBU route.
Skoda India will finally launch the Karoq SUV in April 2020 in the country. Being dubbed as the successor to the highly successful Yeti, it will be positioned between the flagship Kodiaq and the yet-to-be-launched Kamiq SUVs.
As per the latest regulations of the Indian government, a carmaker can only import 2500 units of a particular model without going through the homologation process. And, hence it has motivated several carmakers to introduce their new models quite easily in India. Skoda Karoq will be the first of all the other new models to be launched in the country via the CBU route.
It will be underpinning the same MQB platform as the Volkswagen Tiguan. The Czech Republican based automaker might also showcase the Karoq at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Mechanically, Skoda Karoq is available with a plethora of engine options in global markets. It gets two petrol engines in the form of a 1.0L TSI with 113bhp power and a 1.5L TSI with 147bhp power. As for the diesel, it comes with three engines which are a 1.6L TDI with 113bhp, a 2.0L with two power outputs of 147bhp and 187bhp.
All these engine options are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard while a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also on offer as an option. An all-wheel-drive system is also available with higher trims. However, it is not certain yet what engine and transmission options the India-spec model will carry!