Skoda Karoq to get racy Sportline and rugged Scout variants

Skoda will reveal new Sportline and Scout versions of its Karoq SUV at the Paris Motor Show in October.

The Sportline variant will give the Karoq sporting intent, while the Scout adds a rugged off-road look.

Adventurous aesthetic: Skoda Karoq Scout

Skoda Karoq Scout 2019 Green Rear Static

Like the Octavia and Kodiaq Scout models, the Karoq’s off-road offering is set apart primarily by the tough-looking cladding. There are chrome bumper trims, too, and Scout-branded mudguards behind the wheels.

The off-road theme continues inside, with brown seat inserts and contrast stitching.

Skoda Karoq Scout 2019 Interior

When the Scout arrives, customers will be able to choose from a range of three engines. The sole petrol offering is a 1.5-litre, 148bhp that’s comes as standard with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The two diesel engines, meanwhile, are both 2.0-litre units. The 148bhp version comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 188bhp engine gets the same seven-speed auto as the petrol.

All three engines will come with four-wheel drive as standard, giving the Karoq the capability to back up its looks.

Sporty utility vehicle: Skoda Karoq Sportline

Skoda Karoq Sportline 2019 Red Front Static

As with the Scout, the Sportline upgrades are mainly aesthetic. More aggressive bumpers are teamed with 19-inch alloys, while the cabin gets black upholstery with silver contrast stitching.

Under the skin, there’s a choice of four different engines – two petrols and two diesels. Like the Scout, the 1.5-litre, 148bhp petrol engine will be offered in combination with four-wheel drive.

Skoda Karoq Sportline 2019 Red Rear Static

The Scout’s diesel engines will be available, too, although only the more powerful unit comes with four-wheel drive as standard.

Finally, a 2.0-litre, 188bhp petrol engine will be unique to the Sportline trim.

Both cars will be offered with Skoda’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display, which can be tweaked to suit the driver’s preferences.Skoda Karoq Sportline 2019 Interior

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