Skoda recently unveiled its latest crossover model – the all-new Kamiq at the 2018 Chengdu Motor Show, in China. The brand new Skoda Kamiq joins the company’s new growing SUV/crossover lineup and is intended to be a major volume drawer. The Czech automaker is no different than any other global car makers and is also trying to make the most of the ongoing SUV/crossover trend across the global auto market. Buoyed by the Kodiaq and Karoq’s great success in the international markets, Skoda has introduced its new member of its SUV family in the form of the Kamiq.
The all-new Skoda Kamiq definitely follows in line with the Kodiaq and Karoq in terms of design and other qualities and of course the naming nomenclature. However, the new Kamiq is a China specific model and not a global model unlike its siblings the Kodiaq and Karoq. Recently, many car manufacturers are flooding the Chinese market with China-specific models in order to please the buyers of the world’s largest car market. Nevertheless, as per speculations the Kamiq might be offered in some other Asian markets, including India.
When dimensions are concerned, the Skoda Kamiq measures 4,390 mm in length, 1,781 mm in width and 1,593 mm in height, and the crossover rides on a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. Thus, the Skoda Kamiq has larger dimensions than the European-spec Karoq, in accordance with the Chinese preference of larger vehicles and more rear space. However, the China-spec Karoq is larger than the Kamiq, keeping the new SUV the smallest of the Skoda SUV lot in China. The Kamiq doesn’t get the highly familiar flexible MQB platform of Volkswagen Group to be more cost efficient, and is underpinned by the more affordable PQ platform which has been specifically developed in China. The Kamiq is thus, the most affordable, entry-level model in Skoda’s SUV lineup.
The Kamiq looks very similar to the Karoq and shares many parts and design elements with it. However, Skoda has given the Kamiq a distinctive appeal with cosmetic changes made to its headlights, bumpers, tailgate and tail lights. The Kamiq also has a more conventional visual appeal as compared against its elder sibling Karoq.
Under the hood, the new Skoda Kamiq gets powered by a 1.5L petrol engine which generates around 110 hp of power and 150 Nm of peak torque. The engine gets paired to a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed DSG automatic transmission option.
In a nutshell, the new Skoda Kamiq is a more affordable SUV model that offers very similar qualities and features as the Karoq. However, the question remains, will it be coming to India. We think it won’t, and we might as well get an India-spec new SUV instead. Skoda is leading Volkswagen’s massive INDIA 2.0 project, which will witness the development of new platforms, cars and expansion of dealership networks and all-round improvement of the two companies’ after-sales services. Thus, we can expect to get brand new Skoda and Volkswagen branded SUVs in India, apart from the Skoda Vision X Concept based compact SUV.