Following on from the reveal of the off-road focused Scout, Skoda has revealed a second addition to its medium SUV Karoq lineup called the Karoq Sportline. The Karoq Sportline introduces a number of new features to the Karoq, including new alloy wheels, a sports bodykit and sports seats on the inside.
It also introduces further new engine choices for the Karoq, including a 140kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a seven-speed DSG and all-wheel drive. Whilst the Karoq Scout won’t be offered in Australia, the Karoq Sportline will be – though timing is yet to be confirmed.
Following in the footsteps of its larger Kodiaq Sportline and Superb Sportline siblings, the Karoq Sportline offers a sporty look for buyers of Skoda’s new medium SUV. Wheels up to 19-inches are offered in a sharp ten-spoke design, whilst more aggressive front and rear styling mark the Sportline apart from other Karoq models.
On the inside, the Karoq Sportline features new sports seats in special ‘Thermoflux’ permeable upholstery, a perforated leather steering wheel with silver stitching, stainless steel pedals, LED ambient lighting, a black headlining and a sportier version of Skoda’s optional digital driver’s display, which can be customised to feature a central rev counter and digital speedometer on the side.
Further setting the Karoq Sportline apart from regular Karoq models is the choice of available engines. Full details are yet to be announced by Skoda, but the same 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbo petrol in the regular Karoq is available but with all-wheel drive, whilst a 2.0-litre turbo diesel in both 110kW/340Nm and 140kW/400Nm formats is also available. Exclusive to the Sportline – and likely the reason that Skoda Australia has chosen the Sportline over the Scout – is a 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol with a seven-speed DSG and all-wheel drive.
The latter engine is likely to give the Karoq Scout much better performance than the current spritely 110TSI, with a sub-7 second 0-100km/h sprint likely. Skoda Australia is yet to announce when the Karoq Sportline will be released in Australia, though sometime in 2019 is likely.
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