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AFTERNOON ROUND-UP: SKODA KAROQ FIRST PICS, ICFM DIPLOMA SPACE AVAILABLE, MAZDA UPDATES CX-3

 

First images: Skoda Karoq

Skoda has revealed official ‘spy’ images of its forthcoming Karoq SUV, which will replace the existing – and popular – Yeti.

Two petrol and two diesel engines will be available in 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0-litre guises, with power ranging from 115hp to 190hp. A six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic will form the transmission line-up and, as with the Yeti, four-wheel drive will also be available.

Like its predecessor, the Karoq will major on space, with a boot capacity of 521 litres and 1,630 litres with the rear seats folded flat or 1,810 litres when they’re removed completely. It is also said to be the first Skoda with a digital instrument panel.

Prices have been rumoured to start at less than the cost of a current entry-level Yeti.

Space still available on ICFM diploma programme

Places are still available for the Institute of Car Fleet Management’s (ICFM) advanced level diploma programme, which awards successful candidates with a diploma in car and LCV fleet management. The qualification comprises four modules, due to take place the BCA Centre, Wolverhampton, on: 20-21 June, 4-5 October, 6-7 February 2018 and 29-30 May 2018.

Fleet operators can book by contacting ICFM education and training manager Steve Hook on steve@icfm.com. The deadline for applications is 17 May.

Mazda updates CX-3

Mazda has announced a series of updates to the CX-3 compact SUV. The engine range has been revised and now comprises eight 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrols and five SKYACTIV-D 105hp diesels. The former pair is available with either 120hp or 150hp, and petrol units are said to have accounted for 80% of sales since the model was introduced in 2015.

A new GT Sport trim level has been added, priced at £22,895 (manual) and £24,095 (automatic) and adds a series of exterior and interior styling features on top of the existing Sport Nav trim level.

The manufacturer has also added G-Vectoring Control (GVC) to the CX-3, which controls the amount of torque sent to the front wheels for what it claims is more comfortable and precise handling.