Skoda Karoq
Skoda KaroqSkoda

Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda is moving closer to the global unveiling of new compact SUV Karoq. The new SUV will replace Yeti in the current portfolio and the company has released a teaser image and close-up pictures ahead of its likely debut this month.

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The teaser image indicates that Karoq will look like a miniature version of flagship Karoq SUV. The younger sibling will also borrow the angular design theme of Kodiaq, which is extracted from the VisionS design study concept unveiled at the 86th Geneva Motor Show in March 2016.

Though the basic silhouette of Karoq will resemble Kodiaq, specific details of the car won't be the same. The sleek headlights are wider than those of Kodiaq, while additional lights on the top of the bumper have been reshaped as well. At the rear, the C-shaped LED taillights gets new look and extend onto to the upper area of the trunk lid. It is clear that that Karoq will ditch the funky design theme of Yeti for a more matured executive design.

Skoda Karoq
Skoda Karoq's headlight and tail lampSkoda

The close-up shots indicate that Karoq will boast of an all-digital instrument cluster. The new SUV will also flaunt latest infotainment systems with a glass design as seen in the facelifted Octavia and Kodiaq. LED ambient lighting is also noticeable from the pictures which are expected in 10 colours.

The new Karoq will be based on VW Group's MQB platform, which underpins other models including Audi Q3, Seat Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan. The engine line-up of Karoq will include 114bhp 1.0 TSI three-cylinder turbo petrol, 148bhp 1.4 EcoTSI four-cylinder turbo petrol, 114bhp 1.6 TDI four-cylinder turbo diesel and a 148bhp 2.0 TDI four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Transmission options are likely to include a six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG.

Skoda Karoq
Skoda Karoq's centre dash and gear shifterSkoda