The all-new Skoda Kamiq is set to debut in the Geneva Motor Show, scheduled for March 2019. However, the SUV has been spotted ahead of the global event, giving out some major details.
Skoda Kamiq will be first launched in Europe in Fall 2019. The ride will come to India in the second half of 2020. The SUV will give competition to the likes of Hyundai Creta and Tata Harrier.
Skoda follows a peculiar naming tradition for their SUVs. For every SUV from Skoda, the model name starts with a K and ends with a Q. The new Skoda Kamiq abides by the tradition. The five-seat SUV shares several of its underpinnings with the new Volkswagen T-Cross.
Two other SUVs from Skoda that follows the odd naming practice are Karoq and Kodiaq. While the latter is already available in India, the former is expected to arrive soon. Skoda Kodiaq is a full-fledged 7-seater SUV available in a single variant in the Indian car market.
Based on the Vision-X concept, the new Skoda Kamiq sports a striking exterior design. It comes with alloy wheels, new headlamps with LED DRLs, and sporty bumpers. The new SUV from the Czech automaker also flaunts a front spoiler in faux silver and a large rear diffuser.
The European version of Skoda Kamiq gets a wide grille along with a two-piece headlight unit. On the sides, the Kamiq comes with a decent-sized glasshouse and subtle character lines. The overall styling of the new SUV shares a great resemblance to the pricier Skoda Kodiaq SUV.
In the spy shots, the Skoda Kamiq can be seen donning split LED tail lamps, which looks remarkably similar to the ones available in Tata Harrier, and large, elegant windows.
The new Skoda Kamiq is also spotted with black inserts on the bumper and distinctive boot door creases. The expected dimensions of the SUV are, 4,390 mm of length, 1,781 mm in width, and 1,593 mm in height. The wheelbase of Kamiq is expected to be about 2,610 mm.
The European make of Skoda Kamiq is based on the PQ platform developed in China. On the contrary, the Indian version of the SUV will be based upon the MQB-A0-IN platform. It is being developed for emerging markets, especially with a focus for the Indian car market. The platform will help the Czech carmaker to set aggressive pricing for its upcoming SUV in the Indian car market.
The MQB-A0-IN is a derivative of the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform. This platform shares components amongst a wide range of hatchbacks, sedans, and even SUVs. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was the newest introduction to the platform. Volkswagen Atlas offers three-row seating with plenty of space. The MQB platform was decades in making but it is paying off the investment with its versatility and a large bin of shared parts.
There are several new things that the Skoda Kamiq is to introduce on the inside, including a floating type infotainment screen. The infotainment system will provide support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. The car seating will be comforting with contrast stitching.
Kamiq’s dashboard is expected to support a sleek, contemporary layout paired with a one-of-its-own-kind 10.25-inch virtual cockpit and full LCD cluster.
Other noteworthy Skoda Kamiq interior features include ambient lighting, fully electrically-adjustable driver seat, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, and a heated windscreen.
The European make of the Skoda Kamiq will come with a variety of engine options, including 3 petrol choices and 2 diesel ones. The Indian version of the Kamiq will feature a new set of petrol and diesel engines, compliant to the new BS6 regulation.
Skoda Kamiq is the smallest SUV from the Czech automaker.