Recently, sales of the new Skoda Karoq cross began in the Russian Federation, which is offered in 2 trim levels with a single power unit 1.4 TSI and a front-wheel drive system. Specialists voiced the pros and cons of cars compared to competing cars.
Initially, Karoq has the opportunity to purchase exclusively in versions of Ambition and Style, which have a free optional First Edition kit. These versions cost between 1,499 and 1,673 million rubles, respectively. In both variations, the car has a 150-horsepower 1.4 TSI powerplant, with which an 8-speed automatic transmission functions.
The initial Active modification, the 1.6 MPI aspirated engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and automatic transmission, as well as the 1.4 TSI turbo engine with four-wheel drive and a 7-band DSG robotic transmission will be available later.
According to the CEO of Auto-Dealer-SPb, Mikhail Chaplygin, given the current preferences of customers, the most popular version will be the Karoq version with an all-wheel drive system at a cost of about 1.6 million rubles.
At the same time, according to the consultant of Simon-Kucher Partners, Ivan Kondratenko, the best-selling equipment will be the cheapest Active and the "average" Ambition, with an initial set of power units and options.
The advantages of Karoq, as noted by Kondratenko, are in novelty, good equipment, dynamic engines and a rich optional set, and the disadvantage may be the cost, which turned out to be higher than that of the most popular crosses in the car market.
But he stressed that the novelty could even be in the top ten bestsellers of the SUV segment of Russia. This, Kondratenko believes, will all depend on the trouble-free delivery of cars to customers, the timely appearance of standard variations in the car market, and even proper marketing.
Skoda Rapid sedan and hatchback will hit the market in spring
The Czech automaker has decided on the date of the market debut of the restyled Skoda Rapid. On sale commodity copies of sedans and hatchbacks will appear in March 2020
With the appearance of the updated sedan and hatchback Skoda Rapid fans of the brand met last month. Now, the manufacturer has announced the timing of the release of its budget cars on the Celestial market. The model is presented in Russia and japan, but only in the body of a liftback. At our car market, the updated Rapid was presented at the end of 2019. The liftback has changed greatly in appearance, but the engine line and platform have been preserved. Rapid has experienced a less serious upgrade for China. Both the sedan and the hatchback now resemble the new European hatchback Skoda Scala. Cars receive new bumpers, a modified grille, other "fog", the original head optics. But the cars retained their previous dimensions: the sedan reaches a length of 4 512 mm, and a hatchback - 4 312 mm.
As for the interior of the Chinese Rapid, it got far fewer improvements than the Russian liftback. The multimedia here got a grown touchscreen, the deflectors changed shape, and the red decor complements the interior.
The brand will offer the Chinese Rapid with a one and a half liter 110-horsepower aspirated, combined with a five-speed “mechanics” or “automatic” with six feet. The Russians will receive a Rapid with a 1.6-liter aspirated engine producing 90 or 110 hp, as well as a 125-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo four. The atmospheric engine works in conjunction with the 5MKPP and 6AKKPP, and the turbocharged one - with a seven-speed “robot”.
Ask the price of the Chinese Skoda Rapid until it works. The manufacturer is in no hurry to publish price lists for new items. In the Russian car market, sales of the updated Skoda Rapid will start in the first half of 2020. You will have to pay 829,000 rubles for the liftback.