New Skoda Karoq Scout breaks cover ahead of Paris Motor Show

Skoda Karoq SUV gets the Scout treatment with three all-wheel-drive drivetrains and some off-road styling

Skoda has confirmed a new member of the Karoq line-up is on the way in the form of the Karoq Scout – a tougher, more rugged version of its Nissan Qashqai rival, which will make its full debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Joining Skoda’s Scout ranks alongside jacked up versions of the larger Kodiaq and the Octavia estate, the Karoq Scout features the same selection of tweaks and changes employed on those cars.

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As such, all-wheel-drive is standard on every Karoq Scout, and there are three powertrains to choose from. The sole petrol is the Volkswagen group’s 1.5-litre TSI option, producing 148bhp and sending drive to the all-wheel-drive system through a standard fit seven-speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox.

Two diesels are on offered as well though, both 2.0-litre TDI units. The 148bhp version is equipped with a six-speed manual by default, though the DSG transmission is on the options list. Opt for the more powerful 187bhp 2.0-litre TDI, and the seven-speed DSG is standard.

In addition to the all-wheel-drive powertrain line-up, the Karoq Scout boasts some sturdy styling tweaks. It’s what Skoda calls the Rough Terrain Package, and the changes echo those seen on the larger Kodiaq Scout. The flanges of the car are bolstered with chrome and silver-coloured scuff plates, found on the front and rear bumpers plus the side skirts. 18-inch wheels are equipped as standard, with 19-inch options available.

In the cabin, the Karoq Scout gets unique fabric seat upholstery with black and brown contrasting seams, and all the seats are embroidered with Scout motifs. A multifunction leather steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and LED ambient lighting are all standard. Skoda’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel is also included as a regular feature on the new model.

Skoda has yet to finalise UK prices and specifications, but we should hear more about the Karoq Scout’s UK launch when it makes its public debut at the Paris show in October. We expect it to slot in as the most expensive trim level, adding a minor premium over the price of equivalent SE L Karoqs.

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