– The Skoda Kamiq looks similar to the Karoq SUV, though it’s more compact in size.
– The crossover uses 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine.
Skoda Kamiq will be produced at the Shanghai Volkswagen joint venture facility.
The Czech Republic carmaker has revealed the all-new Skoda Kamiq crossover via official pictures for the Chinese market. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the crossover carries the brand’s new design platform and comes loaded with intelligent connectivity system. It will be third addition to the Czech Republic carmaker’s SUV family. The other two are – the Kodiaq SUV and the Karoq compact SUV. In Skoda’s Chinese product lineup, the Kamiq crossover will sit below the Karoq compact SUV.
– Radiator grille with vertical double slats
– Crystalline headlamps
– Bold shoulder line
– Wraparound LED taillamps
– 17-inch double five-spoke alloy wheels
– Raised infotainment display
– Seat covers in plaid pattern with 3D effect
– Intelligent connectivity system with voice control from iFLYTEK
– 8-inch touchscreen infotainment
– Apple CarPlay, Baidu Carlife and MirrorLink connectivity
– Three-spoke steering wheel with a multi-function unit
– Twin-pod instrument console Read About – Skoda Kodiaq 7-Seater SUV
The all-new Kamiq crossover is ready to make its global debut at the Beijing Motor Show in China. The automotive event will kick start on April 25, 2018. Production of the vehicle will take place at the Shanghai Volkswagen joint venture facility. In China, the crossover is likely to be launched in June 2018. As of now, Skoda has no plan to launch its new crossover in the Indian market.
Even if India is on Skoda’s launch radar, the Kamiq will be stacked up against the Hyundai Creta. Price of the crossover is likely to begin from Rs 10 lakh for the base variant and go up to Rs 14 lakh for the top-spec model. Read – New Skoda Compact SUV Is Under Development
Designed and developed for the Chinese market, the Skoda Kamiq shares its underpinnings with the Rapid sedan. Based on Skoda’s new design language, the crossover features the signature radiator grille with vertical double slats, crystalline headlamps flowing into the grille’s lines and sloping hood at the front end. Its bold shoulder line runs towards the wraparound LED taillamps and tailgate. The crossover comes fitted with 17-inch double five-spoke alloy wheels.
Dimensions of the Kamiq crossover will be relatively compact than the Karoq SUV. The Skoda Kamiq measures 4,390mm in length, 1,781mm in width, and 1,593mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,610mm. On the other hand, the Karoq is 4,382mm long, 1,841mm wide and 1,603mm/1,607mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,638mm (FWD) and 2,630mm (AWD).
While the Skoda Kamiq is the China specific product, the Karoq (Standard Wheelbase Version) will make its way to the Indian market. One must note that the China-spec Karoq is longer (by 50mm) than its global-spec standard wheelbase version. Check Out – Skoda Karoq Detailed Photo Story
Interior layout of the crossover appears to be neat and practical. As per Skoda’s claim, the raised infotainment display, integrated in the centre of the dashboard, helps driver to operate several functions with ease. There is chrome trim running across the entire width of the dashboard. The seat covers in plaid pattern with 3D effect add more to its premium appeal.
Skoda is also offering its newly-developed intelligent connectivity system on the crossover that has voice control from iFLYTEK. This software not only understands regional Chinese languages, but it can automatically learn individual and local language styles as well. Some of its key highlights include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Baidu Carlife and MirrorLink connectivity, three-spoke steering wheel with a multi-function unit, a twin-pod instrument console.
Under the hood, the Skoda Kamiq houses the naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine paired to a 7-speed DSG transmission. The gearbox unit has been sourced from Volkswagen. The gasoline unit of the crossover pushes out a maximum power output of 110bhp (81kW) and torque up to 150Nm. No further details are available.
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