Skoda Kamiq Revealed
The new Skoda Kamiq has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, completing the brand’s SUV line-up.
The Skoda Kamiq, like the rest of the range (Kodiaq and Karoq), is drawn from the Inuit language and means, ‘something that fits perfectly’. The city-based SUV, which completes Skoda’s SUV line-up, will get its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Speaking about the reveal of the Kamiq, Skoda boss, Bernhard Maier, said, “By introducing the ŠKODA KAMIQ, we are completing our successful European SUV portfolio at the lower end. As our first city SUV, the ŠKODA KAMIQ will captivate new customer groups for the ŠKODA brand and it is therefore an important component of our model campaign. The ŠKODA KAMIQ offers an attractive overall package and combines SUV typical characteristics such as the elevated seat position and a good view of the road with agile handling, an emotive design, a high level of safety and state-of-the-art connectivity. Furthermore, its generous amount of space and many Simply Clever features make it a real ŠKODA.”
The Kamiq is based on the same MQB platform that features under other Skoda and VW Group SUVs. The Kamiq measures 4241mm long and 1793mm wide, and has a height of 1531mm. The wheelbase measures 2651 mm. The boot 400L of storage space, which increases to 1395L when the rear seats are folded down. Buyers can pay extra for a front passenger that can also be folded down, allowing through-loading of items up to 2447mm long. The Kamiq offers 36mm more ground clearance than the Fabia but a cost optional sport chassis reduces that increased clearance by 10mm.
There are five engines being offered in Europe, ranging from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (in two states of tune), a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, and a 1.0-litre engine running on natural gas.
In terms of active safety, the Kamiq is well catered for, offering things like autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, reversing camera, park assist and auto headlights.
Beyond the ordinary, the Kamiq borrows some of the more practical elements from its sibling SUVs and offers things like a torch in the boot, retractable door edge protectors, and a powered rear tailgate that can be tugged to close (as well as via a button).