Skoda has globally unveiled the Kamiq SUV before the 2019 Geneva Auto Show that starts soon. The Skoda Kamiq will also be reaching the Indian markets as a part of Skoda’s India 2.0 plan. The Skoda Kamiq is the third SUV/crossover model from the car maker after the Kodiaq and Karoq. As per Skoda the Kamiq gets the advantage of the SUV and the agility of a compact car all in one.
The name Kamiq is derived from the language of the Inuit people from northern Canada and Greenland and it means ‘something that fits perfectly’. The Skoda Kamiq is based on the MQB platform. The Kamiq measures 4,241mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,651mm. In terms of exterior styling the Kamiq comes with the new age Skoda split headlights, sleek LED strip do the honors of the DRL’s and also act as turn lights while the front bumper gets a wide air-dam that makes the front look wider. The rear looks a lot like the Scala especially the tail lights along with the sharp looking tailgate. The roof gets contrasting roof rails.
On the inside the Kamiq gets a 9.2-inch floating infotainment touchscreen unit along with the optional 10.25 inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster along with ambient lighting. The Kamiq comes with 400 liters of boot capacity and promises to offer loads of leg room to its occupants. The Kamiq gets a long list of safety equipment which include Front Assist and Lane Assist, optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), optional Driver Alert fatigue detection system, Crew Protect Assist, Up to nine airbags, Multi-Collision Brake, optional Side Assist, rear-view camera with Park Assist to name a few.
The engine options on the Skoda Kamiq include a 1.0-litre turbo petrol available with 94bhp and 113bhp, you also have the 1.5-litre TSI with 147bhp, fo the diesel option you have the 1.6-litre TDI making 112bhp. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic powering the front wheels.
The name KAMIQ continues the already familiar nomenclature of ŠKODA SUV models. The names of the larger models, the ŠKODA KAROQ and ŠKODA KODIAQ, both also start with the letter K and end in a Q. “With the expansion of our SUV family, we have not only focused on a uniform design language, the clear line of the names containing a K and a Q also accentuates the coherence and has a high recognition value. In the language of the Inuit, KAMIQ embodies something in which you feel comfortable in any situation and that has its own character. That suits this car perfectly,” explained Alain Favey, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing.