A BEEFED-UP version of the Skoda Karoq is on the way and will be revealed in the metal for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in October.
It's more to do with chunky, off-road looks than further technical go-anywhere features, but the new Karoq Scout will be the only variant of Skoda's compact SUV available exclusively with all-wheel drive.
What Skoda bills as a rough terrain package includes chrome and silver-coloured bodywork elements, striking wheel arch linings and anthracite 19-inch alloy wheels plus tinted windows and Scout logos on the front mudguards.
Inside, the seats feature newly designed covers with black-brown contrasting seams and all seats are embroidered with Scout lettering. The multifunction leather steering wheel, pedals with stainless steel elements and an LED package that includes ambient lighting complete an extensive range of standard equipment.
Three engine and transmission options will be available. In addition to a 1.5-litre, 150 PS, TSI petrol engine in combination with a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, two diesel engines will also be available: The 150 PS 2.0 TDI comes with a manual 6-speed gearbox as standard with a 7-speed DSG available as an option while the most powerful Karoq Scout will be fitted with a 190 PS version of the two-litre diesel unit coupled with a seven-speed DSG auto box as standard.