The Skoda Karoq, set to replace the much-loved and highly versatile Yeti, is due to arrive in Irish dealerships in early December according to Skoda Ireland. The five-seater compact SUV, essentially a smaller version of the new Kodiaq, will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show next month.
We know a few things about this new mini SUV, such as seating for five, boot space of 521L (rising to 1,630L with the back seats down), and an interesting ‘VarioFlex’ system that will allow you to move the back three seats individually or remove them entirely. And you’ll be able to fold the front passenger seat while transporting planks of timber or perhaps your skis. New Karoq owners will be in for a few firsts for a Skoda- a digital cockpit in the style of Audi, not to mention a 1.5L petrol engine, the first to feature in a Skoda-badged car.
Information about the available trim levels has also been unveiled – Skoda’s traditional entry-level Active version won’t be offered, with the brand instead focusing on the Ambition and Style versions from launch. If you prefer something more stylish, SportLine and the luxury Laurin & Klement options will be rolled out next year.
“Across the Skoda range we are seeing more demand for higher specified models. For example, half of all Kodiaq sales are for the most highly specified Style versions, with only 2% of our customers selecting the entry Active model!” says Cathal Kealey, Skoda Ireland’s PR and Sponsorship Manager. “We took this on board when deciding on the best approach for the introduction of the Karoq to the Irish market and believe that by focusing on the higher spec models only, we will be better able to meet our customer’s needs. In fact, we plan to expand the Karoq range further in 2019 with the launch of the SportLine and luxury Laurin & Klement derivatives to further meet customer expectations.”
Detailed price and specification information is expected to be released in mid-October.