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19 June 2020

Skoda will introduce two updated SUVs next year: the Kodiaq spotted in prototype form earlier this week, and a refreshed Karoq seen here for the first time. 

Despite the front and rear-end camouflage, it doesn't appear that extensive styling changes in order. However, expect some visual reference to the new Octavia, particularly at the front-end with tweaked headlights and intake profiles. We could also see a reprofiled tailgate with updated LED tail lights, too, much like on the Karoq's recently unveiled sibling, the 2020 Seat Ateca

Cabin changes are likely to be focused on technology more than a physical redesign. Expect to see the latest iteration of Skoda's infotainment system to be drafted in, alongside features such as an updated virtual cockpit display and new material options. That should include new tech such as an embedded e-SIM for advanced connectivity functions.

Details of what engines will be used remain under wraps. There should be updates to the existing petrol and diesel models to boost efficiency, like we've seen on the Ateca, as well as a lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel in place of the old 1.6. What we'd expect to see, too, is some form of hybrid option: the 1.0 and 1.5 TSI engines in the Octavia feature 'E-Tec' mild hybrid tech, while there's even a possibility Skoda could draft in the VW Group's PHEV setup based around a 1.4-litre TSI engine to dramatically reduce the car's fleet average emissions. 

All of that remains to be seen, as does any detail on an unveiling. Given the Ateca launched more than a year before the original Karoq it could be some time, though conversely the new Octavia will make the Karoq appear dated inside and out, so the Czech brand may not wait that long. 

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19 June 2020

... Sorry, nodded off there.

19 June 2020

I don't see Yeti owners rushing to buy the Karoq or Kamik!

19 June 2020
thesecretdriver wrote:

I don't see Yeti owners rushing to buy the Karoq or Kamik!

Try opening your eyes.

MrJ

20 June 2020

Yeti is RIP, so maybe there'll be some forced purchases of the Karoq.

A pity though, as the K is straight from the corporate badge-engineering workshop, as style-free as they come.

20 June 2020
MrJ wrote:

Yeti is RIP, so maybe there'll be some forced purchases of the Karoq.

A pity though, as the K is straight from the corporate badge-engineering workshop, as style-free as they come.

What do you mean by FORCED purchases? Nobody is being forced to buy any car.

I really can't understand why people have to be so negative about every article Autocar produces. The Karoq may well be straight from the corporate badge - name all those cars that aren't?  Wasn't the Yeti corporate? As I recall, even the last of the cars had an interior taken straight out of a mk6 Golf which came out in 2009. As I recall there were lots of complaints about build quality. As I recall there were lots of complaints about the 1.2tsi engine the Yeti used and lots of complaints on how small the boot space was. My friend bought one of the last Yetis', it had all sorts of equipement thrown at it - leather heated seats, sunroof etc. But it didn't even have DAB radio because the particular corporate infotainment system Skoda used was so old.

21 June 2020
scotty5]</p><p>[quote=MrJ wrote:

... As I recall there were lots of complaints about build quality. As I recall there were lots of complaints about the 1.2tsi engine the Yeti used and lots of complaints on how small the boot space was ...

All the shortcomings you mentioned (assuming they are fair criticisms) could be addressed without sacrifying the Skoda-ness of the Yeti. 

I don't see how you could defend this utterly bland looking successor. The Yeti, the Octavia Mk 2 and the Fabia promised to give the Skoda range a distinctive personality, the Skoda design language is now so diluted that the above criticisms are not only fair and valid but should also serve as a wake-up call to the Skoda management. A major design overhaul is needed.

21 June 2020
The same morbidly boring and overpriced box.

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