Skoda’s Karoq was originally launched in 2017 as a replacement for the Yeti. It has sold well over 500,000 units and remains one of the globally best-selling SUVs from the Czech automaker. The company reports it as the second most delivered Skoda model worldwide from 2020 till June 2021.
Karoq sits below the Kodiaq in Skoda’s portfolio with its previous version once sold in India as a CBU in limited numbers in 2020.
This year, 4 years from its initial launch, Skoda Auto has unveiled the facelifted Karoq for 2022 internationally with fresh and attractive updates, including revised styling, new technical features, and more.
Now, after four years of launch, Skoda has given the Karoq, a mid-cycle facelift update to keep its best-selling SUV and second-best-selling car to remain fresh and competitive in the compact crossover segment.
Thomas Schafer, Skoda Auto CEO said, “With over half a million units sold, the KAROQ is key to our brand’s success. To ensure that this will remain the case, we have developed it further: now sporting a fresher design and optimised aerodynamics along with state-of-the-art assistance systems and infotainment features. I am confident that this overall package will enable us to continue the KAROQ’s success story.”
What’s New on the Outside?
The first change you notice on the front of this SUV is the widened butterfly grille.
Then, you have the slimmer headlamps and tail lamps with Matrix LEDs and new detailing. The daytime running lights in the upper cluster, both front and back, now have a two-level design and tweaked graphics make them look slimmer.
The bumpers are freshened up with more prominent cuts to the body-coloured panels and the air dam widened.
The facelifted SUV also gains a longer, body-coloured rear spoiler, a front apron with new air curtains, an aerodynamically optimised fuel tank and new alloy wheel designs available in 17-, 18- and 19-inch diameters.
The changes in the design of the facelifted Karoq is not only for aesthetic enhancements. It also gifts the SUV with 9 percent reduction in drag to a Cd of 0.30, making the 2022 Karoq one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class.
Skoda will offer the updated Karoq in three trims – Active, Ambition and Style, and there will also be a Sportline version.
2022 Karoq’s Sportline:
The Sportline version of the facelifted Karoq, brings with it a sportier-looking bumper and larger alloy wheels up to 20-inches in size. These 2022 Karoq SportLine models are equipped with LED matrix headlights and have Skoda’s Black Pack as standard, which adds black trim for the window frames, roof rails, rear diffuser, and wing mirrors.
New Colour Options:
Two new colour options have been added – Phoenix orange metallic and Graphite grey metallic.
In terms of dimensions, the Skoda Karoq measures 4,390 mm in length, 1,841 mm in width and height of 1,624 mm. The front-wheel-drive has a wheelbase of 2,638 mm, while the wheelbase of the all-wheel-drive version stands at 2,630 mm.
What’s New on the Inside?
Similar to the exteriors of the Karoq, the interiors have also been upgraded. Let’s see the new, interesting upgrades here.
The new vegan seat fabric is made from recycled PET bottles with a new colour combination. This comes with 2022 Karoq’s new and optional Eco pack, which adds sustainable materials to the car’s cabin, such as the vegan, leather-effect seat covers. The door trim on some variants of the model is made of ‘Suedia’ (a microsuede).
Other fresh features are the extended ambient lighting in 10 colours and an illuminated foot well, along with choices in colours for the trims – chrome or piano black depending on the variant.
From the Style trim and above, the SUVs get a memory function for the electrically powered and adjustable front passenger seat. The variants also come with choices of new materials for some of the trim levels have new materials on the door cards.
Sportline Trim- A Sneak Peek Inside:
Similar to the pre-face life model, the Sportline trim of the 2022 Karoq also gets its own look inside and out. It houses sportier single-piece seats and upholstery, a different steering wheel and other distinctive touches. It also features Skoda’s new two-spoke steering wheel along with numerous driver assistance systems, like the front assist, pedestrian protection, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition.
An 8-inch digital instrument cluster is offered as standard in the lower variants, to replace the manual dials seen in the previous Karoq. Meanwhile, the larger 10.25-inch is fitted on higher trims, with the instrument cluster updated to include more innovative functions.
Laura digital assistant compatible with 15 different languages comes along with the three infotainment choices ranging from 8 to 9.2-inches.
Also, the two-row SUV comes equipped with numerous travel assist systems, including front assist, pedestrian protection, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also available, as is the optional wireless phone charging.
Like with the Kodiaq’s facelift, this new Karoq will also not be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Skoda had announced pretty definitely earlier that only the Octavia and Superb models will continue to get the PHEV setup as they remain as popular fleet models.
Meanwhile, the 2022 facelift of Skoda Karoq can be had with no less than 5 different engines including both petrol and diesel options.
Three are petrol engines:
- A 1.0-litre TSI making 110PS
- A 1.5-litre TSI motor with cylinder deactivation that pumps out 150PS
- A 2.0-litre turbo producing 190PS
Two diesel options on offer:
- A 2.0-litre TDI unit which makes 115PS
- A 2.0-litre TDI unit producing 150PS
Skoda offers the 2.0-litre TSI engine with 187 bhp exclusively with the Sportline in combination with 7-speed DSG and all-wheel drive.
Other than that, except for the base petrol model that only gets a manual gearbox, all the other engine options come with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG automatic.
Skoda Models to Arrive in India
The pre-facelift version of the Karoq was sold in our domestic markets as a fully imported model and in limited numbers. Though there is no news on 2020 Karoq’s arrival on our shores, we expect the same decision, as was done with its predecessor.
Skoda with its pretty decent success with Kushaq in the local market is focused on the launch of its sedan, Slavia in the first quarter of the next year. The Czech company is also preparing for the launch of its electric vehicle Enyaq that is bound for our markets next year.
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