The Skoda Kamiq is going to sit below the Karoq and the Kodiaq in the Czech automaker’s global portfolio and could reach Indian shored by 2020.
Skoda has recently raised the curtains off its all-new baby SUV, the Kamiq ahead of its official public debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. Upon its launch in the European market, the Kamiq is going to sit below the Karoq and the Kodiaq in the Czech automaker’s portfolio. The Karoq is the derivative of the Vision X concept which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show last year.
In sync with the Skoda Kodiaq and the Karoq, the name Kamiq also originates from the language of the Inuit people who live in northern Canada and Greenland: it means something that fits perfectly. Sitting in the growing city SUV segment, the Skoda Kamiq perfectly combines the advantages of a sports utility vehicle such as higher ground clearance and an elevated seat position with the agility of a compact car. With an emotive design, state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems, a generous amount of space and numerous Simply Clever features, the new KAMIQ equally fulfils the needs of both family-and lifestyle-oriented customers.
The Skoda Kamiq is based on the Volkswagen’s MQB-A0 platform, the same which underpins the T-Cross. At 4,241 mm in lenght and sporting a wheelbase of 2,651 mm, the Kamiq is longer than its Volkswagen sibling. The increase in the wheelbase has helped the automaker free up more space on the inside. Talking about interior space, the Skoda Kamiq offers a respectable 400-liters of boot capacity which can be extended up to 1,395-liters with the rear seats folded down.
For the European markets, the Skoda Kamiq is going to get two petrol and one diesel engine in its line-up. The petrol portfolio is going to include a 1.0-litre, turbocharged unit capable of 95 BHP along with 110 BHP in two states of tune and a 1.5-litre TSI turbo unit capable of producing 150 BHP of power. The diesel engine is going to be a 1.5-litre unit good for 115 BHP of power. There is going to be a CNG derivative in some of the international markets.
The interiors of the Skoda Kamiq are loaded with features right up to the brim. Projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, touchscreen infotainment system, leather upholstery to name a few. So far there has been no official confirmation of the Kamiq’s launch in India. It the same happens, it is likely to fall in-between the range of INR 9 lakh to INR 15 lakh, hence, competing against the likes of Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks.