Kamiq majors on inside area and ‘sporty’ dealing withNew machine, aimed toward ‘city households’, joins Karoq and Kodiaq to finish Czech agency’s SUV line-up
Skoda has accomplished its European SUV vary with the reveal of the Kamiq crossover, which the Czech agency claims will supply class-leading area and options.
The brand new Nissan Juke rival, which might be on show on the Geneva present, sits beneath its Karoq and Kodiaq siblings. The Kamiq relies on the Imaginative and prescient X idea proven eventually 12 months’s Geneva present, and is the primary Skoda to point out the affect of recent design chief Oliver Stefani.
Whereas it takes styling cues from each the Karoq and Koadiaq to make sure a ‘household’ resemblance between Skoda’s SUV choices, the Kamiq has a number of distinctive options, together with a extra upright grille and non-compulsory slender LED operating lights. The latter additionally characteristic animated ‘dynamic’ indicators, and sit above the principle headlights. As with the brand new Scala, the boot featues the Skoda title in letter, as an alternative of the agency’s emblem.
The Kamiq will solely be supplied in front-wheel drive. Whereas aimed primarily at a household market in city areas, it’ll ship “sporty” dealing with, based on mission supervisor Emil Nikolov. The Kamiq is on the market with non-compulsory Sport Chassis Management, which sits 10mm decrease than customary and contains adjustable shock absorbers.
Three petrol engines and one diesel are more likely to be supplied within the UK initially. There are two 1.zero TSI choices, with 94bhp and 113bhp respectively; and a 1.5 TSI with 148bhp. The diesel providing is a 1.6 TDI with 113bhp. In sure European markets a CNG powertrain might be supplied, though this model will not come to the UK.
There’s a selection of a six-speed guide or a seven-speed DSG gearbox.
The Kamiq is constructed on the Volkswagen Group MQB A0 platform utilized by the Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross, however has extra inside area than each.
The brand new compact SUV is 4241mm lengthy with a wheelbase of 2651mm, each of that are 85mm longer than the Arona. That additionally makes the Kamiq 106mm longer than the Juke, with a 121mm longer wheelbase. Skoda says extending the wheelbase has allowed it to maximise inside area, claiming extra rear leg room than the Octavia and Karoq.
It has a boot capability of 400 litres, an identical to the Arona and 46 litres larger than the Juke. The Kamiq’s boot might be accessed utilizing an electrical tailgate, and expands to 1395 litres with the rear seats folder.
The inside incorporates a comparable format to the not too long ago launched Scala, together with the choice of a 9.2in free-standing infotainment touchscreen that sits above a hand relaxation ‘shelf’ and an non-compulsory 10.25in digital cockpit. The air vents have been pushed to the facet of the sprint in a bid to extend area, and ambient lighting is obtainable in three colors. Choices embrace heated entrance and rear seats, whereas Skoda claims greater than 20 of its ‘Merely Intelligent’ options are supplied. these embrace a detachable LED torch within the boot.
The Kamiq might be supplied with a everlasting web connection and a variety of related options together with distant car entry through an app. The automotive comes with Entrance Help and Lane Help as customary, with non-compulsory security options together with Park Help, Rear Visitors Alert and a rear-view digicam. Three trim ranges are anticipated to be supplied within the UK.
The Kamiq is because of go on sale within the UK within the third quarter of 2019. Costs haven’t been set, however are more likely to begin at round £16,000.
The Kamiq is unrelated to the Chinese language-market SUV of the identical title. That machine is bigger and constructed on an older platform, however Skoda has used the identical title as a result of they’re the smallest SUVs it affords in every market. As with the Karoq and Kodiaq, the Kamiq title relies on a phrase from the Inuit language. It “embodied one thing in which you’ll really feel comfy in any scenario and that has its personal character,” based on Skoda gross sales boss Alain Favey.
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