Skoda has confirmed that the new crossover will be called the Skoda Karoq. Last week some media revealed that the Karoq badge will replace the Yeti in Skoda’s SUV line-up, with sales beginning in late 2017. We have had a chance to drive the Karoq prototype and the verdict is here.
The head of Skoda tech development, Christian Strube, said that although the Yeti came in as a single product, they intend to have more cars. “We have a bigger family of SUVs so we decided to have this naming policy; starting with the letter K and ending with a Q. This is a new car, so it has a new name.”
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The new car will get a model largely influenced by the new Kodiaq. The design will be inspired purely by Kodiaq, making a numerous change as compared to the Yeti. Rumors have it that Skoda will get rid of the Yeti brand and introduce a new name for this SUV. Hints of what to expect in the new car have been given by the Kodiaq exterior designer boss Karl Neuhold.
It will have everything new, will be a big car but with its own identity. “The old Yeti had a very different design. This car will definitely have the same language as the Kodiaq, but with its own character.”
The range will most likely start off with 1.0-litre turbo petrol, with a 1.4-litre petrol sitting above that. The diesel range will consist of 1.6 and 2.0-litre units. Two and four-wheel drive models will be available, but don’t expect any real off-road prowess. Skoda intends to ensure that future hybrids keep the car’s character although the four wheel drive is likely to cut on load space in some models.
Hybrid due in 2019
The hybrid model will have a 1.4-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor and a DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox will be available for the new Yeti. This rugged looking model will have an auto braking system and a parking camera and it cost around £16,000.
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