Facelifted Skoda Karoq spied ahead of late 2020 debut
The updated model will go on sale later this year, sporting a handful of styling and technology tweaks
Cosmetic revisions for the Karoq follow the usual mid-cycle update trend. At the front, Skoda has fitted reshaped LED headlamps, a new front bumper and a slightly tweaked radiator grille, while at the rear there’s a reprofiled undertray and a subtly reworked tailgate spoiler. Buyer should also be offered some fresh paint finishes and a couple of extra alloy wheel designs.
Inside, we’re expecting a new leather-trimmed steering wheel, new door cards and a choice of fresh upholstery designs. Skoda’s upper mid-range SE L model will also likely be offered with the Volkswagen Group’s 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle as standard – like the updated SEAT Ateca.
There’s the potential for Skoda to introduce an iV-badged plug-in hybrid version of the Karoq with this update. It would likely use the same 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor combination from the new Skoda Octavia iV, which would provide an output of 201bhp and a maximum electric range of around 30 miles.
The rest of the Karoq’s line-up will be made up of the Volkswagen Group’s familiar blend of petrol and diesel engines, opening with a 113bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and topping out with a 187bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol on the flagship Sportline model. In the middle of the range, there’ll be a choice of 2.0-litre diesels, along with a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol.
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