After many months of teasing, Skoda has lastly taken the veils off its new metropolis SUV, the Kamiq. This marks the primary time the nameplate – beforehand reserved for China – makes its approach to Europe, the place it would tackle the likes of the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR, in addition to standard European fashions just like the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.
The B-segment Kamiq is the third SUV providing within the automaker’s European line-up, with the opposite two being the bigger Kodiaq and Karoq. Design-wise, it seems to be significantly totally different in comparison with the Chinese language mannequin, that includes break up headlights – the LED DRLs, that are linked to the radiator grille, are positioned above the primary LED beams. Full LED headlights function 4 “gemstone” DRLs, fog lights with static cornering perform and dynamic entrance and rear flip indicators.
Around the facet, the tall roofline and excessive floor clearance assist give the compact SUV a extra rugged attraction, and the rear finish options the automaker’s trademark C-shaped tail lights. Finishing the outside look are the roof rails, decrease entrance spoiler, rear diffuser, and wheel sizes from 16 to 18 inches in diameter.
Inside, the cabin seems to be extra distant to the Kamiq offered in China, bearing higher resemblance to the Scala hatch. Right here, the sprint is dominated by the 9.2-inch free-standing infotainment system, which the automaker claims is the biggest within the phase. For the driving force, there’s the elective 10.25-inch digital cockpit (additionally one of many greatest in school), in addition to a three-spoke leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.
Different particulars embody three-colour ambient lighting (white, pink and copper), Suedia microfibre upholstery choice, heated steering wheel and windscreen, in addition to heating perform for each entrance seats and the outer two rear seats – the latter is elective.
For dimensions, the Kamiq measures four,241 mm lengthy, 1,793 mm huge, 1,531 mm tall and has a wheelbase of two,651 mm. This footprint, Skoda claims, is particularly useful for the rear passengers who can take pleasure in 73 mm of knee room. Its boot capability is rated at 400 litres, which will increase to 1,395 litres with the rear seats down. As an choice, the entrance passenger’s seat again can be folded down, permitting longer objects as much as 2,447 mm to be transported.
Now, all engines accessible on the Kamiq function direct-injection and turbocharging expertise. There’s additionally brake power restoration and cease/begin perform, and adjust to the strictest Euro 6d-TEMP emissions commonplace.
Base fashions are powered by a 1.zero TSI three-cylinder engine that makes 95 PS and 175 Nm of torque, and is paired to a five-speed guide transmission as commonplace. Above that could be a higher-tuned model of the identical 1.zero TSI unit, which makes 115 PS and 200 Nm of torque. Right here, it will get a six-speed guide, though a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) could be optioned.
The highest-end engine is the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder petrol (Volkswagen’s 1.5 TSI Evo unit) that’s tuned to make 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It options energetic cylinder expertise that shuts down two cylinders throughout mild engine load, thus saving gas. A six-speed guide or seven-speed DSG could be had, and all three petrol engines are geared up with a petroleum particulate filter.
There’s additionally a 1.6 four-cylinder TDI diesel on provide, delivering 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque. The oil burner is fitted with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter as commonplace. Each six-speed guide and seven-speed DSG can be found right here as effectively.
The Kamiq rides on the VW Group’s MQB platform, and clients wanting a sportier drive can go for the Sport Chassis Management which reduces experience top by 10 mm. It additionally comes with 4 selectable drive modes: Regular, Sport, Eco and Particular person. An underbody protecting cowl can be optioned for many who plan to do some off-roading.
Security-wise, there’s Entrance Help with Metropolis Emergency Brake and Predictive Pedestrian Safety, Lane Help (through digital camera) and Adaptive Cruise Management (as much as 210 km/h) with auto braking. Non-obligatory options embody Driver Alert fatigue detection system, Crew Shield Help (rapidly closes any open home windows and pre-tensions the entrance seat belts), 9 airbags and Multi-Collision Brake.
There’s additionally Facet Help, which detects autos within the blind spot (as much as 70 metres away) through two radar programs within the rear. This function comes with Rear Visitors Alert. Extra programs reminiscent of rear-view digital camera, Park Help, Manoeuvre Help and Auto Gentle Help are elective. All in, you’re taking a look at over 20 “Merely Intelligent” options – the Kamiq is the primary SUV in school to get door-edge safety that deploys mechanically when the doorways are opened.
Lastly, for the reason that Kamiq is being branded as a metropolis SUV, clients could be always on-line through eSIM and Skoda Join on-line companies. With this, house owners can remotely entry their autos by locking and unlocking their automotive, verify whether or not all home windows are closed, or learn the way a lot gas is left within the tank. A 10-speaker, 405-watt Sound System can be needed to go along with your favorite music streaming service.
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