All New Karoq SUV From Skoda

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The reasons Skoda chose to unveil their latest model on an archipelago on the outskirts of Stockholm still remain a mystery. A relatively brave location due to no perceptible correlation, Skoda's latest Karoq SUV is the Czech brand's replacement for their all conquering Yeti, another brave move. Since its introduction in 2009 the compact sized Yeti not only redefined sub-compact crossovers, the 4x4 models rewrote expectations. The Yeti wasn't and isn't good off road, the little boxy SUV is truly exceptional when the going gets tough to a degree it'll more than embarrass supposedly more capable machinery by a considerable margin.


It also demands so little from the driver apart from depressing the off-road switch should said operator actually remember to do so. But where Skoda has taken a genuine leap of faith is not only in discontinuing the model but also the Yeti name. When it was launch back in 2009 little did Skoda or their VW masters ever conceive they'd introduced not so much an SUV but a global phenomena of cult proportions. Ask any owner and they own a Yeti, the word Skoda never actually coming into the equation, the car's close relationship to Audi's A3 and the VW Tiguan dismissed out of hand, the fact no other product in the VW Group range looked remotely like this distinctive Skoda enhancing pride of ownership.


In the Yeti's place now comes the Karoq, another sub-compact SUV that's designed to feed the ever increasing market thirst for cross-over styling and the associated lifestyle. A fashion that currently shows no signs of abating, SUV practicality, the elevated ride height and each owner's perceived social ambitions are all now embodied by the small 4x4 even though the majority of those sold send drive only to the front wheels. And so it will be with the Karoq although with their new model Skoda has no option but to acknowledge the car's almost identical Seat Ateca DNA and scaled down Kodiaq lineage.


But in comparison to the Seat, Audi and VW equivalents the Karoq which shares the VW family's MQB platform and parts bins will sell. Along with the outgoing Yeti, the Octavia Scout and the Kodiaq, Skoda has been able to continually build their AWD reputation, one that has been and continues to remain recognised. To that end, the success of the Karoq is almost guaranteed, the announcement of the new small model already generating interest from new and existing customers unable to justify or wishing to own a Kodiaq sized SUV.


Whilst UK prices and specifications have yet to be announced, the 4-door hatch will be available in both 2WD and AWD along with a selection of petrol and diesel engines. And like other Skoda models, it will be able to undercut its Audi and VW equivalents all the while Skoda's inherent quality, reliability and increasing brand status already generating considerable interest even before the Karoq hits UK showroom later this year or early next. The Karoq also proves another point that when Skoda were in desperate need of VW patronage and financial help just over twenty-five years ago, it could now well be that the situation is now completely reversed.


Whatever your views on the demise of the Yeti, the Karoq could well be a worthy successor in a variety of ways.


By; Mark Stone




The All New Karoq SUV From Skoda