Skoda has showcased their third SUV in the line-up after the Kodiaq and the Karoq- The Kamiq. We take a quick look at it. The Kamiq, is the second car to be on the groups all new platform the MQB-A0, first being the Skoda Scala. The name Kamiq means something that fits perfectly. We quite believe them, as the Kamiq, fits quite perfectly to the city dimensions. Now, if you are wondering, why do we say so, then to put the things in the perspective, the Skoda Kamiq, is dimensionally almost similar to the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, which in our opinion, it the best suited size for the congested cities in India.
From design perspective it’s unmistakably a Skoda. However, compared to the other Skoda’s it has a flatter grill, and the headlights now sit below the day time running lights. What’s interesting though, is that the indicators are progressive just as in the Audi. The side profile is reminiscent of the elder sibling the Karoq, with a strong shoulder line that starts from the headlights and seamlessly merges into the tail lights. The rear is flanked with LED taillight, which we think look like Audi Q3 when illuminated. The centre of the boot is flanked by lettering Skoda, albeit Volvo style.
Step inside and the Kamiq carries the Skoda’s new design language complete with virtual cockpit for the instrument cluster with a 10 inch floating centre screen, which also doubles up as the central control module for the car. Being a Skoda, it is expected to be feature loaded. At this stage, we do not have the exact feature list, but it should be high on the safety, comfort and convenience features just as its elder siblings.
The engine options available for now in the international markets are the 1.0 TSi, 3 cylinder Petrol in two states of tune, 95 PS or 115 PS or a 1.5 Tsi, 4 cylinder with 150 PS. It also comes with a 1.6 TDi Diesel that churns out 115 PS, all the variants are likely to be powered with 7 Speed DSG gearboxes. It remains to be seen, if Skoda would be launching any variants with manual transmissions.
The car would be showcased to the general public during the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Now comes a very interesting question, should Skoda consider getting this compact SUV to India. With Volkswagen considering to get the T-Roc in India, and Skoda themselves readying to launch the Karoq over the next few months, which would be targeted towards the Jeep Compass segment in India the Kamiq, can definitely give a run for the money to the booming compact cross-over/SUV segment of the Ford Ecosport, Maruti Brezza or the Tata Nexon.