The successful SUV gets a stylish update
ŠKODA continues to upgrade its SUV models. The compact KAROQ, ŠKODA’s bestselling SUV, has now been endowed with new technologies and new looks, following in the footsteps of the Czech brand’s largest SUV, the KODIAQ.
“With more than 500,000 units sold, the KAROQ is one of the pillars of ŠKODA’s success. To maintain this trend, the car has been carefully modernised. The updated version has a new design, improved aerodynamics and modern assistance and infotainment systems. I am convinced that with this mix of features we will build on the ŠKODA KAROQ’s success to date,” says ŠKODA CEO Thomas Schäfer.
The KAROQ’s interior design, which uses more environmentally friendly materials, also contributes to reducing its environmental footprint. The optional ECO fabric upholstery, which uses recycled and recyclable materials of non-animal origin to upholster the seats and other areas, takes this idea furthest. “One major innovation is the new ECO fabric, which uses vegan, partially recycled and recyclable materials. The seat cover is made from recycled PET bottles,” says Oliver Stefani.
New material combinations and new equipment features, such as the optional electrically operated passenger seat with memory, make the new KAROQ’s interior a very welcoming and comfortable place. Needless to say, the spaciousness of its predecessor is retained, including a boot with a capacity of up to 521 litres.
The new ŠKODA KAROQ also features a host of safety features and driving assistants, and the car can also be fitted with the state-of-the-art Travel Assist package, which substantially boosts convenience on long journeys. All the advanced technologies, including the urban emergency braking system, predictive cruise control, lane assist and other solutions are designed to minimise the likelihood of potential collisions. In the event of an accident, however, up to nine airbags and the “multi-collision” braking system, which immobilises the car after an accident and prevents further uncontrolled movement, will protect the occupants.
The driver is assisted by an innovative on-board system. The KAROQ now comes with the Virtual Cockpit mini with an eight-inch display as standard; a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit with a wider range of functions is available as an option. There are also three different infotainment levels with displays ranging from 8 to 9.2 inches. Of course, there are also connectivity functions, especially in the higher infotainment levels, or the Laura digital assistant, which understands a total of fifteen languages.
The updated KAROQ also comes in a sporty top-of-the-range version. Called KAROQ SPORTLINE, its many distinctive features, including sporty alloy wheels of up to 20 inches and a number of black painted details such as the radiator grille, window trims, longitudinal roof rails and exterior mirror caps, make it unmistakable. Exclusive to the SPORTLINE model is the top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI power unit with 140 kW, which is always paired with a DSG automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The KAROQ SPORTLINE also boasts a distinctive interior with a wealth of equipment and sports seats upholstered in breathable ThermoFlux material. The seats have integrated head restraints, and the car comes with a three-spoke sports steering wheel and many other sporty details.