God Bless Skoda’s Interns as They Try to Design a Karoq Convertible Concept
Concept design exercise is part of Skoda’s internship programby Kirby Garlitos, on
Skoda is once again tapping its interns to design a concept vehicle. Following in the footsteps of the Citigo Roadster, Fabia pickup, and last year’s electric Citigo buggy, the interns are now tasked to create a design study for a convertible version of the Skoda Karoq crossover. The design team is made up of 20 students, all of whom are either 17 or 18 years old. The goal is to have a concept ready by June, presumably in time for GTI Treffen at Lake Wörthersee in Austria.
This time, the students are tasked to chop off the Karoq crossover’s roof and give it a convertible identity
This isn’t actually the first year that Skoda is giving the pen and paper to its teenage interns, giving them the responsibility to design a concept vehicle. The exercise started back in 2014 with the Citigo Roadster. From there, the Czech automaker’s design interns have penned the aforementioned Fabia pickup and electric Citigo buggy, as well as the Rapid Spaceback.
This time, the students are tasked to chop off the Karoq crossover’s roof and give it a convertible identity. It’s not exactly the most common body type you’ll see on the road, but it has been done before by a handful of automakers, most recently Nissan and Land Rover, two automakers that gave the world the Murano Convertible and the Range Rover Cabriolet, respectively.
It will be interesting to see how the concept vehicle looks in finished form.
It’s unclear if the interns have specific parameters to work with as far as the design of the crossover is concerned. But it is worth mentioning that any design of the Karoq concept will have to be based on the same MQB platform that underpins the Karoq and a number of other models under the Volkswagen Group umbrella. Given the talent of these kids, it’s reasonable to expect an impressive creation.
It will be interesting to see how the concept vehicle looks in finished form. Fortunately, the wait shouldn’t be that long because GTI Treffen takes place in two months. By then, we should be able to see if the yet-to-be-named concept will be as good as some the creations from earlier years. Just don’t expect Skoda to green light it for production. If there’s anything the industry has taught us about convertible crossovers, it’s that they’re hit-or-miss propositions when they become production models. I don’t expect this one to be any different.
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