Skoda Karoq Scout

19 July 2018

SKODA is preparing to introduce a new more rugged version of its mid-size Karoq range with the added benefit of four wheel drive.

It will be revealed at the Paris motorshow in October ahead of its arrival in the UK soon afterwards.

As with all Scout versions of Skoda’s models, the Karoq Scout gets all-wheel drive, plus a more purposeful stance to go with its off-road aspirations.

It will line up alongside the Octavia Scout and Kodiaq Scout models, and comes with a choice of one petrol engine and two diesel options.

In addition to a 1.5-litre petrol unit generating 150bhp linked to a seven-speed DSG transmission, there is a 150bhp diesel option with a manual six-speed gearbox as standard

This version also comes with a seven-speed DSG option and lines up alongside an even more powerful oil burner.

This is the 190bhp version of the 2.0-litre turbodiesel coupled to the  DSG automatic transmission as standard.

To make the Scout look the part it gets chrome and silver-coloured bodywork elements, distinctive wheel arch linings and anthracite 19-inch ‘Crater’ alloy wheels.

Tinted windows and Scout logos on the front mudguards round off the more powerful look outside, whilst the interior gets enhancements too.

The seats are given newly-designed covers with black-brown contrasting seams and are also embroidered with Scout lettering. There is a multifunction leather steering wheel, plus pedals with stainless steel elements and an LED package that includes ambient lighting.

Drivers can individually configure the so-called Virtual Cockpit, which includes a driving mode selection with an off-road setting.

The vehicle also comes with an optional LTE module to create 4G connectivity together with Wi-Fi hotspot that means occupants can be permanently on-line via their devices.

It also boasts a rear boot that can be opened via a foot movement below the sensor, plus a myriad of storage spaces around the vehicle, including nets on the front seats and centre console.

At this early stage there is no indication of the likely price of the Karoq Scout, which is a rival for the North East-made Nissan Qashqai.