The new compact SUV from Skoda will be a re-engineered version of the Kamiq SUV that goes on sale internationally. It will borrow heavy design cues from the bigger Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs.
We had already reported that Skoda India has confirmed that the first car to be launched under the India 2.0 strategy will be a compact SUV. It will be re-engineered version of the MQB AO IN platform, specifically for India. The latest development has been that the new compact SUV from Skoda will be a re-engineered version of the Kamiq SUV that goes on sale internationally this year.
The Kamiq SUV was previewed by the Vision X concept that was shown last year. There is a possibility that it could be a sub-4m compact SUV as well, but there has been no official word on this from Skoda yet.
The Kamiq SUV is itself almost 4.2 meters in length. The 5-seater crossover SUV borrows heavy design cues from its elder brothers, the Karoq and the Kodiaq. It is sculpted with sharp lines that bring out beautiful concave surfaces, has distinctive wheel arches, a dropping roof-line and C-shaped LED tail lights.
However, where it differentiates itself from its bigger brothers is with its split LED headlamp design as we are seeing in a lot of cars these days. The new SUV is also expected to feature the SKODA lettering on the tail gate instead of the Skoda logo as we are seeing with the new Skoda cars these days.
As for the powertrains, the Skoda Kamiq will have a range of four engine options to choose from internationally. There will be three petrol engines and one diesel engine. There will be a 95PS 1.0L TSI engine, a 115PS version of the same powerplant and a bigger 1.5L TSI engine with 150PS. As for the diesel, there will be a 1.6L TDI with 115PS and 250Nm. However, Skoda is likely to completely revamp the powertrain options for India to adhere to the BS-VI emission norms.
Another development on the new compact SUV from Skoda is that the car will be heavily localised, as much as 95%, to keep prices very competitive. This new car will be showcased in near-production ready concept at the Auto Expo in Delhi next year. The launch in planned in late 2020 or early 2021. This Skoda SUV will likely take on the other sub-compact SUVs in the segment like the newly launched Hyundai Venue, the Mahindra XUV300 and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.