Here we bring you 5 interesting facts about India-Bound Skoda Kamiq SUV
Czech automaker, Skoda will showcase its smallest and third SUV, called Kamiq, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show starting on March 5, 2019. Positioned below Karoq, the Kamiq will challenge the likes of Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V and others in the international markets. The company will also bring this SUV in India, but with several India-specific changes. In India, the Kamiq will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster. Here we bring you 5 interesting facts about India-Bound Skoda Kamiq SUV –
Platform – Global Vs India
The Skoda Kamiq global model is built on the versatile VW Group’s MQB AO platform that also underpins the VW T-Cross and SEAT Arona. In India, Skoda is developing a heavily localised version of the MQB platform. Called MQB AO IN, this platform will be used to develop around 4 to 6 new models for India. Skoda Kamiq for India will be based on the MQB AO IN platform, which will also underpin the India-spec VW T-Cross, Virtus sedan and the next-gen Skoda Rapid.
The global model will be offered with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that offers 2 states of tunes – 95bhp and 115bhp. Other powertrain options include a 1.5-litre TSI turbo-petrol and a 1.6-litre TDI diesel producing 150bhp and 115bhp respectively. Skoda will also introduce a CNG powertrain in the Kamiq. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
In India, Skoda will stick to petrol and CNG version of the SUV. It is expected to be powered by a locally develop 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will offer over 115bhp of power.
The interior of the Skoda Kamiq compact SUV has strong resemblance with the new Scala hatchback, which is also being under consideration for Indian market. It comes with an optional 9.2-inch free-standing touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. It also gets an optional 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit with digital instruments. Other features will include automatic climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, leather upholstery, etc. It is equipped with more than 20 of its ‘Simply Clever’ features. Also See – Volkswagen T-Cross India Launch & Other Details
Dimensions – India-spec model will be bigger
In terms of proportions, the Kamiq is 4,241mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,651mm and has a wheelbase 2,651mm wheelbase. The India-spec model will be longer than the European-spec model. It is expected to come with flexible rear seats that can move forward and backward to create more legroom or boot space.
India Launch In 2020
While the global debut is scheduled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Skoda Kamiq will have India debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Kamiq is expected to be launched in the country in the second half of 2020 or early 2021.