Skoda has updated its mid-size Karoq crossover.
The exterior now looks more emotive, thanks to a wider and now hexagonal grille, along with slimmer and sharper headlights and tail-lights. It also has a new split daytime running light signature and a new rear spoiler.
Upgrades to the Karoq’s bodywork have improved its aerodynamics by nine percent. Responsible for this gain are components such as the new air curtains in the front apron, aerodynamically optimised wheels, along with an underbody that is now covered.
Inside, the Karoq is now offered internationally with new sustainable seat covers, which are part of the optional Eco pack. These covers are made out of materials such as recycled PET bottles and have leather-style design features.
The cabin also receives extended LED ambient lighting which illuminates the front and rear door panels in one of ten colours. The footwells, on the other hand, are illuminated in white.
Buyers can choose from either a 6.5-inch, 8-inch or 9.2-inch infotainment display. Both Bolero and Amundsen systems, which have 8-inch screens, come with digital DAB radio and a built-in eSIM.
They will also feature Skoda’s digital voice assistant, Laura, while the top-end 9.2-inch Columbus system – in addition to these – will have gesture control, too.
Skoda says all variants will have an 8-inch digital instrument cluster as standard. A 10.25-inch display will be standard for “Ambition” variants are higher, though.
Three petrol drivetrains are available. The range starts with a turbocharged 1-litre 3-cylinder producing 108hp and 200Nm, followed by a turbocharged 1.5-litre capable of 148hp and 250Nm.
There’s also a turbocharged 2-litre inline-4 paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel-drive, which develops 188hp and 320Nm of torque.
The new Karoq is expected to reach Singapore in late 2022. Watch this space for updates.