FOR lovers of the ŠKODA Karoq, there’s now a refreshed look and a choice of two variants, with the arrival of the long awaited 140TSI Sportline 4×4 signalling the expansion of the range into a double act from June of this year.
The popular mid-sized SUV arrives in two forms, with the 2020 Karoq 110TSI kicking of from $32,990 plus on-roads; powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that puts out 110kW/250Nm via an 8-speed Aisin transmission, driving the front wheels.
The family focused Karoq variant comes standard with Varioflex, the fixture that enables the complete removal of the back seats, providing the potential for 1,810-litres of storage space. Minimal storage with the seats in place is still an impressive 479-litres.
The Karoq 140TSI Sportline 4×4 starts at $39,990 plus on-roads. It’s powered by the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, offering 140kW and 320Nm. Its power plant is mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission and all-wheel-drive. Drive mode select is standard.
Riding on 19-inch Vega alloys, the Sportline features a black accented body kit and full LED headlights, with an adaptive front light system. It also scores a multi-function sports steering wheel with paddles, perforated leather upholstery and stainless steel pedals.
As with all 2020 ŠKODA models, save for the Fabia, the company’s virtual cockpit platform is standard. The 140TSI Sportline is also the second local vehicle to be fitted with a petrol particulate filter, an item key to its availability.
“This version of the Karoq, the sporting choice, is built at our Czech factory with a filtered engine,” ŠKODA Australia director Michael Irmer said.
“We emphasise the necessity of using premium fuel only. You’ll be rewarded with the most engaging drive of any SUV at this price.”
The Karoq has been available as a front-wheel drive variant since 2018, but only in limited numbers due to supply constraints. The renewed Karoq’s arrival, along with the Kodiaq RS later this month, and the compact Kamiq in July, completes the brand’s SUV range.
“Our customers are almost uniquely informed and engaged with the brand. As it is likely that 2020 will be the first year that ŠKODA Australia sells more SUVs than passenger cars, it’s fitting that there are now two Simply Clever Karoqs.”