The new Skoda Kamiq has finally been revealed, the third SUV in the brand’s line-up is due to make its public debut at the Geneva motor show.
Kamiq comes from the Inuit people like its Kodiaq and Karoq counterparts and means something that fits perfectly. This is something Skoda is hoping the Kamiq will do as it fits into the growing city SUV segment.
Carrying over the SUV design language from its larger stablemates, the Kamiq will feature split headlights with DRLs above the main headlights, a wide radiator grille with double slats, bonnet lines, 16- to 18-inch wheels and new ‘C’ shaped rear lights.
Internally, there will be the new interior layout that includes a redesigned instrument panel, side air vents extending into the doors, new dashboard styling, new front door trims and the choice of three infotainment systems with screens ranging up to 9.2 inches. The 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital driver’s display is on the options list.
Safety is taken care of with front assist and lane assist as standard which includes city emergency brake with predictive pedestrian protection.
Built on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) the Kamiq measures in at 4241mm long, 1793mm wide, 1531mm tall with a 2651mm wheelbase. Skoda says this translates into 73mm of knee room for the rear passengers.
In terms of space, the boot capacity is 400 litres which can grow to 1395 litres with the rear seats folded. The front passenger seat can also be folded down to transport longer items up to 2447mm in length.
Five engine options will be available in Europe starting with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI offering 70kW and 175Nm mated with a five-speed manual gearbox. This unit is also available in a higher state of tune producing 85kW and 200Nm mated with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.
There’s also a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI engine developing 110kW/250Nm with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) which automatically shuts down two cylinders when the load is light. It is mated with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.
All petrol engines are also fitted with a particulate filter and are Euro 6 compliant.
The diesel engine option is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder TDI engine which develops 85kW/250Nm and is fitted with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter as standard. It is mated with a six-speed manual as standard or seven-speed DSG.
The final engine on offer is a 1.0 G-TEC three-cylinder engine which runs on natural gas (CNG) and offers 66kW/160Nm, it’s only available with a six-speed manual.
Regardless of the engine and transmission combination, the Kamiq is front-wheel drive only.
The Skoda Kamiq will make its world premiere at the Geneva motor show in March ahead of an expected Australian launch in early 2020.
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