Skoda is concentrating on expanding its new SUV range, going by the sustained SUV craze in the global markets. The Kamiq is the latest and the smallest member of Skoda’s growing SUV family. The Kamiq keeps in line with the design language and nomenclature with the bigger SUV models by the Czech automaker, all of which have names starting with ‘K’ and ending with ‘Q’.
The Skoda Kamiq is third in a line of the Czech carmaker’s SUV range and is positioned below the Karoq mid-sized SUV and the full-sized Kodiaq -- their flagship SUV. We’re expecting to see the Skoda Kamiq at the 2020 Auto Expo. It could go on sale in a few months after the auto show.
Skoda launched the Kamiq first as a China-specific model in June 2018 after its world premiere at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. The Euro-spec version of the Kamiq made its public debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The deliveries of the Kamiq commenced in September 2019.
Whether the India-spec Kamiq will borrow styling cues from the Chinese variant or the Euro-spec model is still unknown.
Skoda has plans of launching multiple SUVs as part of its India 2.0 plan. Early rumours suggested that the Karoq could be the first while the latest reports claim that Kamiq is the one that will come to India.
Skoda will first showcase the India-spec Skoda Kamiq SUV at the 2020 Auto Expo. The compact SUV could go on sale around mid-2020.
Skoda Kamiq compact SUV could carry a price tag of Rs. 10 - 16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The two versions of the Skoda Kamiq have slightly different dimensions. The China-exclusive Kamiq is 4390mm long, 1781mm wide and 1593mm tall, and rides on a wheelbase of 2610mm. On the other hand, the Euro-spec version of the compact SUV is 4241mm long, 1793mm wide, 1531mm high, and its wheelbase measures 2651mm. Thus, the Chinese Kamiq is longer and taller than the global version, but the global counterpart is wider and has a longer wheelbase.
The two versions of the Skoda Kamiq also get different engines. The China-spec Kamiq is only available with a 1.5-litre petrol engine. It makes 110PS of power and 150Nm of torque and comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
On the other hand, the international version of the Kamiq comes with a wide range of petrol and diesel engine options. There are 3 petrol engine options - two are 1.0-litre and one is 1.5-litre. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine is available in either 95PS/175Nm or 115PS/200Nm tune. The less powerful variant gets a 5-speed manual transmission. The 115PS variant is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
There’s also a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that makes 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. It is also available with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
There’s a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine as well, which makes 115PS of power and 250Nm of torque. This engine is available with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. However, we may get the Kamiq in India with the downsized version of this engine with 1.5-litre of displacement.
There is also a new updated 1.0-litre CNG engine with 90PS of power and 160Nm of torque. But, this eco-friendly engine may not come to India as CNG is not a popular choice of fuel in this compact SUV segment.
The Skoda Kamiq gets 9.2-inch floating-style touchscreen integrated infotainment system with connectivity options for Android and Apple phones. There’s also an optional 10.25-inch full-colour digital console.
Internationally, it gets safety features like lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue detection, rear-view camera, automatic emergency braking and 9 airbags including a knee airbag for the driver.
The Kamiq also features the first-in-segment door-edge protection, which automatically deploys when the doors are opened, preventing damage to the Kamiq and nearby vehicles as well. This feature is very useful in tight parking spaces.
Post its launch in India, the Skoda Kamiq compact SUV will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks.