Drop-top SUV to be presented in June

The Skoda Karoq is still fresh on the market in regions like Europe – it hasn't even landed in Australia yet – but that hasn't stopped a team of the Czech company's trainees from creating a convertible concept based on the new SUV.

Scheduled to be officially presented in June, the Karoq Convertible – an official name is yet to be decided – is the manufacturer's fifth concept vehicle to be created by students from Skoda's Vocational School in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.

Despite chopping off the roof, the Karoq Convertible maintains the standard version's length, width and wheelbase (4382mm/1811mm/2638mm), though it rides "significantly lower" thanks to a new set of shock absorbers from the Octavia RS.

The engineering and design process for the concept car commenced in October, with 23 trainees from Skoda Vocational School involved in the project. In January, the plans were finalised, and then construction of the one-off special began.

Key changes to the vehicle's body during the construction process included the removal of the roof (obviously), and then the adjustment of the doors and a complete redesign of the tailgate – Skoda says the entire rear section of the vehicle, including the exhaust system, had to be completely re-engineered.

The team has also added a handful of unique elements to distinguish the Karoq Convertible from its wagon-bodied brethren, including "discreetly luminous" Skoda logos front and rear, special indicator lights, and backlit door handles.

Power comes from a 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine borrowed from the standard car, making 110kW and 250Nm. While performance specifications aren't quoted for the convertible, Skoda says the regular Karoq sprints from 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds and hits a top speed of 204km/h with this engine.

Stay tuned for our coverage of the Karoq Convertible concept's reveal at "the beginning of June".