Skoda’s new Yeti replacement has been named – the Karoq, as it’s called, derives its moniker and spelling from from the language of the Alutiiq, an indigenous tribe who live on an island off the southern coast of Alaska. The automaker says that the naming convention also follows on that given to the Kodiaq, thereby creating a consistent nomenclature for its current and future SUV models.

The compact SUV, which sits on Volkswagen’s MQB platorm, measures in at 4,382 mm long, 1,841 mm wide and 1,605 mm high, with a 2,638 mm-long wheelbase. Available in two- or four-wheel drive forms, the Karoq is said to promise exceptional interior and boot space, and the company has thrown in volumetric numbers to support that claim.

With the rear seats in place, boot capacity is 521 litres, and with these folded down, the scope goes up to 1,630 litres. If the optional VarioFlex rear seat is specified, boot space is variable abd offers 479 to 588 litres of cargo carrying space. Removal of the seats transforms the Karoq into a compact van, with 1,810 litres of usable space.

At point of launch, there will be five engine variants – two petrol and three diesel engines – on offer. These will range from 1.0 litre to 2.0 litre in displacement, with outputs starting from 115 hp right up to 190 hp. Transmission choices are either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG.

Features include full LED headlights, a remote hands-free boot opening function, LED ambient interior lighting and a digital instrument panel, the latter being seen for the first time on a Skoda. A range of driver-assistance systems will also be available, and items include parking assistant, blind spot detection, front assist with predictive pedestrian protection, lane assist and traffic-jam assistant.

The Karoq is set to make its official debut in Stockholm on May 18, and will enter the market in Europe sometime in the second half of the year.

GALLERY: Skoda Karoq spyshots