Students at the Czech car firm's trade school are responsible for this vision of a rival to the Range Rover Evoque convertible

A one-off open-top version of the Skoda Karoq has been revealed. 

Named Skoda Sunroq, it’s the work of 23 students from Skoda’s Mladá Bolesav trade school, and imagines how a Skoda entry into crossover-convertible segment – currently occupied by the Range Rover Evoque convertible and to be joined by the Volkswagen T-Roc cabriolet in 2020 – might look.

The Sunroq keeps the Karoq’s five-seat layout, is powered by VW Group’s new 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine and is capable of 0-62mph in 8.4sec on its way to a top speed of 127mph. 

The standard car's B and C pillars have been removed and the tailgate has been replaced by a bespoke item which incorporates a high-set central brake light.

The car is a permanent open-top roadster, with a bespoke white and red leather interior to match the red body colour and wheel finishes. Other high-end elements include puddle lighting underneath the doors and an illuminated Skoda badge at the front.

It’s the latest in a slew of manufacturer-made one-offs in recent weeks. They include: a Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept completed by specialists at the brand’s Swindon factory; a Nissan Leaf Open Car concept created to celebrate 100,000 Leaf sales in Japan; a 1180bhp Schaeffler-modified Audi RS3 saloon with four electric motors and Volkswagen’s apprentice-made Wörthersee Golfs

The Sunroq will never make production in this guise, although Volkswagen will make a T-Roc convertible in 2020, so a Skoda-badged sibling is a remote possibility. 

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4 June 2018

As a chocolate teapot 

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

4 June 2018

 We had the Evoque, and to my knowledge there hasn’t been another Car maker put one into production, this doesn’t look that bad, is this possibly an untapped “niche” ?

Peter Cavellini.

4 June 2018

A chocolate teapot has been proven to work, so thats a bad analogy.

This is particularly shite though, its hasnt even got a hood !

XXXX just went POP.

4 June 2018

one ruined Karoq but 23 students complete their project. The Evoque Cabro looks awful especially with the top down. A car an Essex housewife would consider well classy.

there was a truly awful Nissan Murano (remember them ?) convertible but thankfully I think it only sold in the States. Best forgotten 

4 June 2018

I think Range Rover are selling enough convertibles to justify making the model! So I wonder if Skoda are thinking about trying this out? Only problem is they don't have the same cache.

4 June 2018

Looks are subjective but I see they've left it as a 5dr model. Is it even possible to create a 5dr cabrio?

They might get away with rear suicide doors but without a B pillar then they're goig to need the services of Harry Potter to get that thing anywhere near the safety regulators.

4 June 2018

These students built a Citigo Cabrio a few years ago,very interesting to keep the Sunroq as a four door 

 

5 June 2018

Words alone cannot describe the pain my eyes feel when faced with an Evoque convertible. The whole point of a convertible is to look and feel good.

You may find customers with no style prepared to pay the money, but I feel that car manufacturers as well as those of us who take style seriously should collectively come together and stop this segment now.

Skoda, you have evolved into a manuufacturer better than this. If JLR want to go down this road, let them, but don't follow.

5 June 2018
It look like they made it up as they went along.

5 June 2018

This is awful. They’ve literally just decapitated a standard car and added a plastic cover at the back to tidy up the mess. I would expect better from engineering students.

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