Skoda’s mid-size SUV will be a petrol-only offering in India

Sports a Kodiaq-like front profile with LED headlamps and L-shaped tail lamps.

Powered by a 1.5-litre TSi engine mated to a 7-speed DSG.

Features panoramic sunroof, digital instrument cluster, and connected tech.

Key rivals include Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.

We had earlier reported that Skoda will be launching its mid-size SUV, the Karoq, in India by mid-2020. Well, the Czech carmaker has unveiled the SUV at the ongoing auto expo and will launch it in April this year.

The Karoq comes with only a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre TSi petrol engine that makes 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. This unit comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch option. As Skoda Auto Volkswagen India has no plans to sell diesel vehicles in the BS6 era, the Karoq will be a petrol-only product in our country like all its other offerings.

Skoda has packed the Karoq with a host of features. It gets 18-inch dual tone alloy wheels, connected car technology, ambient lighting, and wireless charging. It is also offered with safety features such as up to 9 airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and ABS with EBD.

We expect the Karoq’s prices to start from Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom) as it will be brought via the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route initially. Skoda is expected to launch the mid-size SUV by April 2020. It will take on the MG Hector, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier, and Gravitas.