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The Czech marque just showed us their vision of elegant mobility for 2020. As they refresh the Skoda Superb and the Rapid for 2020, we also get a glimpse of a brand new five-seater SUV, the Karoq.

We’ve seen mini-SUVs turn into a major motoring vogue over the last two years, and it was high time the Czech dropped a few chips on this table too. And so, they finally premier the Karoq. But from this, the Skoda Superb, it’s presidential cruiser gets a sharp upgrade in terms of cosmetics and even boasts a Sport variant. On the other hand, the Rapid comes renewed in many forms for this year too. The all-new Skoda Karoq and an upgraded Superb and Rapid, here’s everything you need to know about them.

Skoda Karoq

In this Czech family chart, the Skoda Karoq fits between the Kodiaq and the Scout when it comes to size. But when it comes to dynamics, it’s a class of its own. In terms of specs, the Skoda Karoq boasts an array of top-shelf features like a panoramic sunroof, virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, and much more. Once you pop the hood, you’ll see a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that’s paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Being a mini-SUV, it makes no compromise in power, expect a generous 150-horsepower and 250-Nm of torque while you take on terrains and inter-state routes. You can cruise up to speeds of 202-km/hour.

The Skoda Karoq begins at a pan-India price of Rs 24.99 lakhs.

Skoda Superb

The Superb is all about power-gliding in class, and its 2020 edition promises an even better experience. The first detail that catches your eye is the updated LED-headlight and its sharp new design. We can see that the butterfly grille seems to be tamed down a little. What’s new with the cabin? The Superb now offers wireless charging, an updated 8.0-inch infotainment system paired with 11-speaker Canton audio system, three-zone climate control, semi-automatic parking features, and everything the ongoing Superb offers. Underneath the hood is a new larger 2.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine that replaces the old 1.8-litre TSI unit. Power and torque figures are notably higher, with the new unit making 190-horsepower and 320-Nm of torque. All of this is plugged to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Skoda claims that the Superb can touch 240-km/hour if you floor the pedal.

The Skoda Superb begins at a pan-India price of Rs 29.99 lakhs.

Skoda Rapid

The Rapid is simply an entry-level Skoda that makes for a great first buy. This might be a perfect cruiser for everyday commute with the specs and the torque output. The most prominent changes made to the Rapid are new alloy wheels and a boot lip spoiler. Apart from which, the car now packs features like climate control, auto-dimming, rear air-conditioning vents, cruise control and a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system plugged-in with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink compatibility. In terms of power, there’s a BS6-compliant 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine which makes 110-horsepower and 175-Nm of torque.

The Skoda Rapid begins at a pan-India price of Rs 7.59 lakhs.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.