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The standard car's B and C pillars have been removed and the tailgate has been replaced by a bespoke item which incorporates a high-set central brake light.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