The Czech brand has decided to sell in our country, “SUV”, who came to replace the Yeti. As expected, the Russian customers will be offered a model of local Assembly.
“SUV” Karoq will be released to our market in 2019. On this edition of “Avtomir” said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Skoda Bernhard Mayer. According to a top Manager, the production model will establish in Russia, but where exactly in Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod – he did not elaborate. Data on pricing and trim levels also don’t have. It is only known that the new cross will be cheaper Skoda Kodiaq (from 1 389 000).
Karoq world premiere took place in the spring of 2017. The model is built on the platform MQB. Length is 4382 mm Karaka against 4697 mm Kodiaq, the wheelbase front-wheel drive Junior cross (semi-suspension) – 2638 mm, the 4×4 version (with memorycache) – 2 630 mm Distance between the axes Kodiaq – 2791 mm.
Earlier in the Skoda with care talked about the prospects Karoq in our country. However, in February 2018, the company held a test drive of a novelty for Russian journalists – a clear allusion to the fact that a positive decision on the output of the model to the Russian market will still be accepted. And in may this year, the head of the local unit Skoda said in an interview Kolesa.ruthat there are no obstacles to the emergence of Karoq in Russia.
In Europe Karok today you can buy petrol 150-strong “turboservice” 1.5 TSI of the EA211 family of Evo (with the system shutdown cylinders under partial load) and “Turbotronic” 1.0 TSI with an output of 115 HP (EA211). Diesel engines – 1.6 TDI (115 HP) and 2.0 TDI (150 or 190 HP) line EA288. All engines, except the top-end diesel, combined with six-speed “mechanics” or DSG-7. Crossover with a 190-horsepower 2.0 TDI DSG is equipped with exclusively-7. At the moment, xDrive is only at Skoda Karoq with two-liter diesel engine, however, according to “Wheels” soon in the Old world may appear Karoq 1.5 TSI 4×4.
In Russia, the engine family EA211 Evo is unlikely to be available – it would have to “feed” AI-98, to which the majority of Russian buyers are not ready. But “aspirated” 1.6 MPI (EA211), the production of which is established in Kaluga, as the basic motor of “our” Kuroku would come… it is possible that the crossover will also receive the 1.4 TSI (EA211), familiar from other models of concern Volkswagen in Russia.
As for the production site, at the beginning of this year Gas was discontinued contract Assembly of Skoda Yeti, which, in fact, came Karoq. Today in Nizhny Novgorod to release two models of the Skoda Kodiaq and Octavia. It is not excluded that next year they will join Karak, the benefit of Kodiak is also built on the “cart” MQB.
Meanwhile, as previously reported, in 2020, Russia will start the production of “analog” Karoq from Volkswagen – crossover Tharu. This model probably will be assembled in Kaluga (ibid today produce the VW Tiguan and Polo, Skoda Rapid).