Meet The Skoda Kamiq
The new city SUV will sit beneath the Kodiaq and the Karoq
Skoda are adding a third, smaller SUV to their ranks. Called the Kamiq (meaning something that fits perfectly, like it does with Skoda's naming habits) it adds to broaden the success of the Kodiaq and Karoq models into the city SUV sector. Well, it certainly looks the part.
It will also be exclusively front wheel drive in a move that prioritises efficiency. Four power trains will be on offer, with brake energy recovery, stop-start technology and all comply with the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emissions regulations. The configurations on offer are a 1.0-litre petrol, badged TSI, producing either 95 or 115bhp; a 1.5-litre TSI with 150bhp and 1.6-litre TDI diesel that is also 150bhp. The petrol units have cylinder deactivation tech, to improve efficiency where possible, and the entry engine comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, whilst everything else has a six-speed as standard but can be upgraded to a seven-speed automatic.
Interior space is generous, with the dimensions of the vehicle allowing for 73mm of rear knee room, and a boot capacity of 400-litres, which rises up to 1,395-litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
There are three infotainment systems on offer, with the 9.2-inch Amundsen system, the 8-inch Bolero and 6.5-inch Swing system posing different levels of functions and features. All of them work in conjunction with the Virtual Cockpit – a 10.25-inch driver informations display that replaces dials behind the steering wheel. The Kamiq also has internet onboard and various facilities can be controlled and monitored via the connecting mobile apps.
Safety systems on board include lane assist and front assist as standard. Adaptive cruise control can be added, as can multi-collision brake, rear traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and parking aids, too. These come in the form of rear parking sensors, and park assist that automatically parks the Kamiq for you. It can even be equipped with auto light assist, so that if a car approaches whilst you're parking up, it automatically dips the lights to avoid dazzling other drivers.
The Kamiq is also equipped with over 20 of Skoda's signature Simply Clever features. These include, for the first time in the segment, automatically deployed door edge protectors, to protect both yours and other vehicles in tight parking spaces.
Keep tuned for more information on the Kamiq, which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show.