Skoda’s Karoq SUV is about to get a little more rugged, with a more off-road focused Scout version to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.
The Scout badge is typically applied to the most adventure-ready models in Skoda’s lineup – though in the case of the Karoq, we’re talking light duties rather than conquering Mount Kosciuszko.
But the Scout-badged Karoq will arrive with all-wheel drive as standard, as well as a tweaked exterior designed to make the mid-size SUV look more off-road ready.
Globally, the Scout will be offered with three engine options; a 1.5-litre petrol engine, as well as a 2.0-litre diesel engine in two states of tune. Exactly what that means for Australia, though, is yet to be seen, with the Karoq launched exclusively with the petrol engine and two-wheel drive in Australia earlier this year.
Outside, the Karoq Scout gets new chrome or silver body highlights, as well as more exaggerated (and plastic-framed) wheel arches and new 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels. Tinted windows, new (and Scout-badged) seat designs and stainless steel pedals also arrive as standard fit.
Inside, the (optional) Virtual Cockpit system – a huge digital screen that completely replaces the analogue dials in the driver’s binnacle – is now equipped with new off-road settings, while international cars will also arrive with a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Skoda is yet to confirm the Scout for Australia, let alone talk about pricing for this newly rugged Karoq, but we will keep on them as the Paris show approaches. So as always, watch this space.