In Europe, the compact Skoda Karoq SUV has been available since 2017, but we have introduced it only now. Moreover, the Russians still have to wait for the cross – at dealers cars will appear only in the first quarter of 2020. The assembly of the model will be organized in Nizhny Novgorod at the plant of the GAZ Group, Octavia and Kodiaq are now leaving the assembly line, but the exact dates for the launch of the new product at the company have not yet been revealed. By the way, according to our correspondent, who attended the presentation of Karoq, which was held today in St. Petersburg, the delay in the release of the model on our market is associated with difficulties encountered in homologation. There is no data on what these difficulties are yet.
Recall that Karoq is built on the MQB platform, many Volkswagen models are based on it, including the Skoda Kodiaq, VW Teramont and the current Tiguan. The dimensions of our crossover are the same as those of the “European”: the length is 4382 mm, the distance between the axles of the front-wheel drive versions with semi-independent suspension is 2638 mm, and the wheelbase of the 4×4 version with “multi-link” is 2630 mm.
The Russian version of Karoq will receive its own set of engines. So, we will have a base gasoline 110-horsepower four-cylinder “aspirated” 1.6 MPI EA211 family with a maximum torque of 155 Nm. Apparently, this is the same motor, the production of which has been established at the plant in Kaluga since September 2015. He is offered a five-speed “mechanics” in a pair. It takes 11.3 seconds to accelerate from zero to hundreds, and its maximum speed is 183 km / h.
The second engine for our Karok was the 150-horsepower 1.4 TSI turbo engine of the same series with a torque of 250 Nm. The front-wheel drive crossover with such an engine is equipped with 8АКП, and the all-wheel drive version is equipped with a six-speed “automatic” DSG with two clutches. To accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h, an SUV with FWD takes 8.8 seconds, and the 4×4 variant takes 8.9 seconds. Their maximum speed is 199 and 193 km / h, respectively.
For comparison, the European motor line of Skoda Karoq is composed not only of gasoline, but also of diesel engines. The first include the 150-strong turbo four 1.5 TSI of the EA211 Evo family and the 115-strong turbo four 1.0 TSI of the EA211 series. The second – 1.6 TDI (115 hp) and 2.0 TDI (150 or 190 hp) EA288 series. All versions (except for the top diesel engine) are paired with a 6MKPP and a seven-speed DSG automatic with two clutches. A crossover with a two-liter TDI is available only DSG-7.
According to the head of the Czech brand in Russia, Jan Prohazka, the difference in trim levels between the Russian and European versions will be minimal. In our market, the SUV will be presented in three versions – Active, Ambition and Style. The basic version includes six airbags, an electromechanical parking brake, heated front seats, a Swing multimedia system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and eight speakers. The more expensive versions have support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the screen is larger (9 inches).
However, the basic version will have to wait: it will appear at dealers in the second half of 2020. Sales from us start with the middle and top configuration. The Ambition equipment list includes 16-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, LED taillights, engine crankcase, rain sensor, hill climbing assistant, cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors, etc. The minimum price tag of this performance is 1,515,000 rubles, the cost of other versions will be known later.
In Europe, sales of Skoda Karoq started very well. Last year, 78,842 copies were sold, and in January-October 2019, 88,235 cars were sold (34.5% more than a year earlier).
In the Russian Federation, Skoda sold 79,436 cars of the brand in the first 11 months of 2019, which is 8% more than a year earlier. The best sellers for the specified period are Rapid (31,865 units), Octavia (23,993 units) and Kodiaq (22,434 units).