As with the Kodiaq Scout, the rugged character is present only by design
Skoda will unveil a more robust variant of its Karoq crossover in October, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
Mechanically speaking, the Scout treatment on the Skoda Karoq involves standard all-wheel drive and three engine options to choose from: 1.5 TSI (110 kW, 147 hp, 150 PS) twinned with the seven-speed DSG gearbox, 2.0 TDI (110 kW, 147 hp, 150 PS) mated with a six-speed manual (the DSG is optional), and a more powerful version of the 2.0 TDI engine (140 kW, 187 hp, 190 PS), coupled with the DSG as standard.
Visually, the Karoq Scout differentiates itself in the range through chrome and silver body elements, more prominent wheel arches and 18-inch alloy wheels. Customers can go for larger 19-inch alloy wheels. Rounding off the package are the tinted windows and Scout badges placed on the front mudguards.
Cabin-wise, changes include redesigned seat covers wearing the embroidered Scout lettering, a leather steering wheel and steel bits and bobs decorating the pedals. Skoda even threw in an LED ambient lighting setup.
On the practicality front, the new Karoq Scout can be fitted with the optional electric boot lid that can be operated either via a button or using what Skoda calls ‘the virtual pedal under the rear bumper.’ In essence, all you have to do is swipe your feet under the bumper to open/close the boot lid.
Pricing details haven’t been released yet.