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Skoda Karoq SUV launched in India at INR 24.99 lakh

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Skoda has launched the Karoq SUV in the Indian market at the price of INR 24.99 lakh ex-showroom, Pan India. The Skoda Karaoq is positioned below the Skoda Kodiaq and is brought to the country via the CBU (Completely Built-Up Unit) route under the 2,500 vehicles without homologation import rule and is priced higher than the competition and rivals mid-size SUVs like the Jeep Compass and the Volkswagen T-Roc in the Indian market. 

Skoda showcased the Karoq in India at the 15th edition of the Auto Expo 2020 and the brand had opened bookings for the Karoq SUV a couple of months ago at the refundable price of INR 50,000 across all Skoda dealerships. 

The Skoda Karoq SUV is powered by 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged direct injection petrol motor that generates 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox with a WLTP rated fuel economy figure of 14.49 kmpl.

The Skoda Karoq is based on the MQB “Modularer Querbaukasten” (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform and appears to be a scaled-down version of the Kodiaq SUV in terms of its design. On the outside, the SUV features a chrome bezel on the vertically slated grille, full LED headlamps, integrated LED daytime running lights, fog lights set high on the bumper, a muscular bonnet with a raised ridge in the centre, a wide air dam with meshed grille design, LED taillights on the rear, panoramic sunroof, chrome window beltline, roof rails, squared-off wheel arches, 17-inch alloy wheels etc. 

On the interiors, the Karoq comes with clean and tidy dashboard layout electrically adjustable seats, ‘Virtual Cockpit’ fully digital driver’s instrument console, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SmartLink, dual-zone climate control, a chunky gear selector on the central tunnel, control mounted steering wheel, rotary switches for the climate control and safety features such as 9-airbags, ABS+EBD, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), hill start assist, reverse parking assist, over-speed alert, seatbelt reminder for both driver and passenger.

The Skoda Karoq is available in India only in a single top-spec trim variant with a 5-seater seating capacity.