2020 Skoda Kamiq

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Skoda Kamiq

Škoda is adding a third model to its European SUV portfolio: the Škoda Kamiq. As with the successful Škoda Kodiaq and Karoq, the name Kamiq also originates from the language of the Inuit people who live in northern Canada and Greenland: it means something that fits perfectly. Sitting in the growing city SUV segment, the Škoda Kamiq perfectly combines the advantages of a sport utility vehicle - such as higher ground clearance and a comfortable seating position - with the agility of a compact car. With an emotive design, state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems, a generous amount of space and numerous Simply Clever features, the new Kamiq equally fulfils the needs of both family- and lifestyle-oriented customers.

Škoda AUTO CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, "By introducing the Škoda Kamiq, we are completing our successful European SUV portfolio at the lower end. As our first city SUV, the Škoda Kamiq will captivate new customer groups for the Škoda brand and it is therefore an important component of our model campaign. The Škoda Kamiq offers an attractive overall package and combines SUV-typical characteristics such as the elevated seat position and a good view of the road with agile handling, an emotive design, a high level of safety and state-of-the-art connectivity. Furthermore, its generous amount of space and many Simply Clever features make it a real Škoda."

The Škoda Kamiq continues the successful SUV design language from the Kodiaq and the Karoq and comes with new visual highlights such as the split headlights featuring the daytime running lights above the main headlights. The city SUV is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) and, with a length of 4,241 mm, offers the Škoda-typical generous amount of space. Modern assistance systems, environmentally friendly and efficient drive systems, the latest infotainment systems and state-of-the-art connectivity solutions ensure the Škoda Kamiq perfectly fulfils the requirements of modern individual mobility - all whilst further consolidating the emotiveness of the Škoda brand.

The name Kamiq continues the already familiar nomenclature of Škoda SUV models. The names of the larger models, the Škoda Karoq and Škoda Kodiaq, both also start with the letter K and end in a Q.

https://www.netcarshow.com/skoda/2020-kamiq/

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New Skoda Kamiq crossover: Nissan Juke rival revealed

New machine, aimed at 'urban families', joins Karoq and Kodiaq to complete Czech firm's SUV line-up

Skoda has completed its European SUV range with the reveal of the Kamiq crossover, which the Czech firm claims will offer class-leading space and features.

The new Nissan Juke rival, which will be on display at the Geneva show, sits underneath its Karoq and Kodiaq siblings. The Kamiq is based on the Vision X concept shown at last year's Geneva show, and is the first Skoda to show the influence of new design chief Oliver Stefani.

While it takes styling cues from both the Karoq and Koadiaq to ensure a 'family' resemblance between Skoda's SUV offerings, the Kamiq has several distinctive features, including a more upright grille and optional narrow LED running lights. The latter also feature animated ‘dynamic’ indicators, and sit above the main headlights. As with the new Scala, the boot featues the Skoda name in letter, instead of the firm's logo.

The Kamiq will only be offered in front-wheel drive. While aimed primarily at a family market in urban areas, it will deliver “sporty” handling, according to project manager Emil Nikolov. The Kamiq is available with optional Sport Chassis Control, which sits 10mm lower than standard and includes adjustable shock absorbers.

Three petrol engines and one diesel are likely to be offered in the UK initially. There are two 1.0 TSI options, with 94bhp and 113bhp respectively; and a 1.5 TSI with 148bhp. The diesel offering is a 1.6 TDI with 113bhp. In certain European markets a CNG powertrain will be offered, although this version won't come to the UK.

There is a choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

The Kamiq is built on the Volkswagen Group MQB A0 platform used by the Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross, but has more interior space than both.

The new compact SUV is 4241mm long with a wheelbase of 2651mm, both of which are 85mm longer than the Arona. That also makes the Kamiq 106mm longer than the Juke, with a 121mm longer wheelbase. Skoda says extending the wheelbase has allowed it to maximise interior space, claiming more rear leg room than the Octavia and Karoq.

It has a boot capacity of 400 litres, identical to the Arona and 46 litres bigger than the Juke. The Kamiq's boot can be accessed using an electric tailgate, and expands to 1395 litres with the rear seats folder.

The interior features a similar layout to the recently launched Scala, including the option of a 9.2in free-standing infotainment touchscreen that sits above a hand rest 'shelf' and an optional 10.25in virtual cockpit. The air vents have been pushed to the side of the dash in a bid to increase space, and ambient lighting is offered in three colours. Options include heated front and rear seats, while Skoda claims more than 20 of its 'Simply Clever' features are offered. these include a removable LED torch in the boot.

The Kamiq will be offered with a permanent internet connection and a number of connected features including remote vehicle access via an app. The car comes with Front Assist and Lane Assist as standard, with optional safety features including Park Assist, Rear Traffic Alert and a rear-view camera. Three trim levels are expected to be offered in the UK.

The Kamiq is due to go on sale in the UK in the third quarter of 2019. Prices have not been set, but are likely to start at around £16,000.

The Kamiq is unrelated to the Chinese-market SUV of the same name. That machine is larger and built on an older platform, but Skoda has used the same name because they are the smallest SUVs it offers in each market. As with the Karoq and Kodiaq, the Kamiq name is based on a word from the Inuit language. It "embodied something in which you can feel comfortable in any situation and that has its own character," according to Skoda sales boss Alain Favey.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-geneva-motor-show/new-skoda-kamiq-crossover-nissan-juke-rival-revealed
 

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Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 115 DSG 2019 review

Should I buy one?

The Kamiq feels like a very sensible, practical, versatile option for people who just want modern family transport in a compact, affordable package. It’s not an easy brief to satisfy, as many cars in this class continue to demonstrate to their cost.

Still, this was a chance, surely, to show that Skoda can still do youthful, quirky and different – and it’s a chance that has either been missed or, for reasons best known in Mladá Boleslav, willingly passed up. Only time will tell if the decision to play it safe ends up costing Skoda in the long term.

Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 115 DSG specification

Where Strasbourg, France Price £20,000 (est) On sale September Engine 3cyls in line, 999cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 114bhp at 5000-5500rpm Torque 148lb ft at 2000-3500rpm Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic Kerb weight 1176kg Top speed 120mph 0-62mph 10.0sec Fuel economy 41.5-51.4mpg (WLTP combined) CO2 tbc Rivals Suzuki Vitara 1.0T, Citroën C3 Aircross 1.2 Puretech


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