Skoda Auto India finally launched the much-awaited Karoq in India today through the brand’s digital conference, along with the 2020 Superb facelift and the Rapid 1.0 TSI. Skoda’s all-new SUV looks like a smaller Kodiaq, and remains to be very appealing and neat, just like it’s elder sibling. The Karoq is being offered as a single fully-spec’d variant and is being brought to our shores as a CBU.
The Karoq comes powered by the same 1.5 TSI motor as the Volkswagen T-Roc and sits in a similar space too. It’s powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged TSI engine that produces 148bhp and comes mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic, propelling it from 0-100kmph in 9 seconds (claimed) while attaining a top speed of 202kmph. It sits on VW’s MQB platform that boasts just the right amount of stiffness – making it quiet enjoyable to drive around despite its tall body design. And then ofcourse is the build quality – Skoda is known for making excellent cars and this is no exception. The Karoq is being offered with nine airbags, a virtual cockpit, 12-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, panoramic sunroof, cruise control, an 8-inch Amundsen infotainment system, and stone-beige leather upholstery with LED ambient lighting. Skoda had started accepting bookings for the Karoq and still continues to do so on their booking platform with a token amount of Rs 50,000.
Engine: 1,498cc turbocharged four-cylinder TSI
Transmission: Seven-speed DSG
Price: Rs 24.99 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)
The updated new Skoda Superb will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI engine, replacing the 1.8-litre on the previous generation. However, the seven-speed DSG gearbox has been carried forward from the older model, and this is the only engine-gearbox combination you can have it in – yes, there won’t be a diesel-powered option this time.
Now available in two variants – the plush Laurin & Klement (L&K) and the zestful Sportline. The updated model gets a re-designed front bumper, an updated grille, full-LED Matrix headlights and newer instrumentation on the inside. The Superb can hit the 100kmph mark from standstill in 7.7 seconds (claimed), while attaining a top speed of 239kmph.
Engine: 1,984cc turbocharged four-cylinder TSI
Transmission: Seven-speed DSG
Price: Rs 29.99 lakh ex-showroom onwards (Sportline)
Price: Rs 32.99 lakh ex-showroom onwards (Laurin & Klement)
The updated Rapid doesn’t just lose the diesel engine- it even loses a cylinder and some cubic capacity. But despite the cylinder shedding, the updated Rapid will now produce 4bhp more than the older 1.6 NA while returning better fuel efficiency. The Rapid has been launched in five trim levels – Rider, Ambition, Onyx, Style and Monte Carlo. The Rapid has always been exciting to drive with its well-sorted chassis and suspension, and the addition of a turbocharged petrol engine only adds to its appeal! Skoda had started accepting bookings for the Rapid 1.0 TSI and still continues to do so on their booking platform with a token amount of Rs 25,000.
Engine: 999cc, turbocharged three-cylinder TSI
Transmission: Six-speed manual/six-speed automatic
Price: Rs 7.49 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)