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July 18, 2019

Skoda upgrades Karoq and Kodiaq line-up with enhanced safety features

Skoda is adding Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to its Karoq and Kodiaq models.

By Sam Duke

Skoda is adding Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to its Karoq and Kodiaq models.

It says the Skoda Karoq and Skoda Kodiaq SUVs are entering the 2020 model year with enhanced equipment for even more safety and comfort. Side Assist is now available for both models, for example, and warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot up to 70 m away. One distinguishing visual feature that the latest versions of both popular SUVs have in common is the Skoda lettering on the tailgate.

Side Assist with a range of 70 m

The optional Side Assist has been added to the comprehensive selection of assistance systems for the Skoda Kodiaq and Karoq, replacing the previous Blind Spot Detect in both SUVs. In the new system, the range increases from 20 to 70 m. It uses two radar sensors to detect vehicles approaching from behind or that are in the car’s blind spot. The warning signals have been made more noticeable for the driver too. Rather than being situated in the mirror’s glass as they were before, the light signals are now found on the insides of the wing mirrors. They are considerably easier to notice and their brightness can be adjusted. The system works while accelerating at speeds of 15 km/h or more and down to a speed of 10 km/h while braking. Rear Traffic Alert is an integral part of Side Assist too. It warns the driver about objects moving behind the vehicle when reversing.

Adaptive chassis (DCC) can now also be combined with front-wheel drive

The optional adaptive chassis (DCC) considerably boosts comfort in both Skoda SUVs. It is no longer exclusively available with all-wheel-drive vehicles, but can now also be ordered in conjunction with front-wheel drive. Boasting electronically adjustable shock absorbers, DCC automatically adapts the shock absorption to suit the road conditions and the current or preferred driving style. Via Driving Mode Select, the driver can also choose between three shock absorption modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport – which offer a variety of driving styles ranging from particularly comfortable to sporty.

KESSY with a motion sensor

Skoda is gradually equipping all of its models with the KESSY vehicle entry key with a motion sensor, thereby reducing the risk of the car being stolen or broken into. In this system, which is optional for the Karoq and Kodiaq, the key’s transmitter signal switches off automatically after 15 minutes of no movement – if it is placed in a drawer or on a desk, for example. As soon as the key is moved again, the transmitter function is re-activated. The Skoda Karoq or Kodiaq can then be opened conveniently as usual and switched on using the start button, without the need to take out the key.

New 2.0 TDI for the Skoda Karoq

A new 2.0 TDI with a power output of 140 kW (190 PS) has been added to the Skoda Karoq’s range of engines. It also fulfils the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard, having been fitted with an SCR catalytic converter including AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter. The engine, which is already familiar from the Skoda Kodiaq, is combined with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG transmission as standard.

In autumn 2016, the Czech brand kicked off its major SUV campaign as part of its 2025 Strategy by launching the Skoda Kodiaq. The compact Skoda Karoq followed a year later. Skoda says the Kodiaq and Karoq have become key pillars of the company’s global growth strategy. Around 360,000 Skoda Kodiaqs have been produced worldwide since the car’s launch in autumn 2016. ISince autumn 2017, more than 220,000 Skoda Karoqs have already been manufactured; Skoda’s compact SUV is also available as a Scout and Sportline variant.

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