With over 115 years of supporting the emergency services, ŠKODA continues its legacy with the launch of the marque’s latest addition to its emergency services vehicle line-up – a fully converted ŠKODA KAROQ Rapid Response vehicle.
The versatile SUV lends itself perfectly to emergency service conversion thanks to its practicality, multi-terrain abilities and class-leading space for passengers and essential specialist equipment. When fully converted the vehicle features 360-degree visibility thanks to powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate – all complemented by a 100-amp three tone siren. The recently updated KAROQ is ready for order by blue light fleets and debuts a striking new look, latest technologies and five efficient EVO powertrains.
Offering superior interior space including a spacious, practical load area, raised ride height and the availability of all-wheel drive, the KAROQ makes the perfect all-round vehicle for use by police, ambulance and fire and rescue services across the country. With up to 588 litres of boot space with the VarioFlex seating option – which extends to up to 1,810 litres with the seats fully removed, KAROQ’s practical interior provides ample room for the operational equipment used by the emergency services.
ŠKODA’s in-house bespoke converters ensure fleets are catered for with a fully integrated communications platform that works in harmony with ŠKODA’s 8-inch infotainment system, making for effortless and accessible control on the move.
The KAROQ is offered with a broad range of efficient powertrains from Volkswagen Group’s advanced EVO generation. Two diesel and three petrol powertrains provide between 110PS and 190PS, with a choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmissions. The 2.0 TSI 190PS petrol is fitted with all-wheel drive as standard, while the 2.0 TDI 150PS is available with front- or all-wheel drive providing fleets with ultimate choice.
The advanced all-wheel drive system provides confidence and reassurance to emergency services drivers in challenging driving conditions, with an integrated control unit that allows the system to engage all-wheel drive within fractions of a second when required, while in normal conditions it disengages and promotes efficiency in front-wheel drive. The optional Performance Package means KAROQ drivers benefit from enhanced traction on trickier terrain and slippery surfaces, enabling blue-light fleets to get to the where they need to be.
Safety and driver assistance systems are comprehensive, ensuring those inside the car are kept as safe as possible, with up to nine airbags available in addition to a range of advanced driver assistance functions including Crew Protect Assist and Travel Assist.
Emergency services fleets will also benefit from a modified chassis equipped to deal with the demands placed on it during its working life on the road. State-of-the-art medical technology and the inclusion of luggage compartment with a roll-out tray and a back-up electricity source can mean the difference between life and death for those the KAROQ is responding to.