Skoda’s Hyundai Creta rival made its world debut on the Geneva Motor Present in March 2019. Christened Kamiq, the compact SUV will debut in India on the 2020 Auto Expo in February. Its gross sales are anticipated to start within the second half of 2020 and it’s anticipated to be priced competitively, because of round 95 per cent localisation. The Euro-spec mannequin is fairly effectively loaded and we would like to see a few of its goodies provided with the India-spec mannequin as effectively.

Digital Cockpit

Skoda’s Digital Cockpit or VW’s Lively Data Show is likely one of the most putting options of the Kamiq. The ten.25-inch show is flanked with digital dials for the gas gauge and engine temperature, whereas all the pieces else is displayed on an immersive display with a decision of 1,280×480 pixels. Utilizing a view button on the steering wheel, the driving force can simply change between the three layouts. Additionally, you don’t must search for maps on the infotainment system because it’s displayed on the instrument cluster display itself.


New VW Polo with the identical 10.25-inch display

Tata is already providing an element digital instrument cluster on the Harrier and the Altroz hatchback may even get one. Count on different automakers to affix the bandwagon and we want Skoda and VW to supply it of their upcoming compact SUVs too.

Panoramic glass roof

Sunroofs might be seen on lots of new automobiles lately, however not one of the Volkswagen Group’s mass market automobiles in India, just like the Vento and Fast, get one. We want that modifications with the Skoda Kamiq and the VW T-Cross. The model of the T-Cross which is predicted to be India-bound encompasses a panoramic sunroof and the Skoda Kamiq additionally will get a glass roof abroad.

A glass roof is sort of a panoramic sunroof, albeit with fastened panels that can’t slide open. Whereas some won’t like its fastened nature, they’ve a number of benefits. First off, as there isn’t any opening mechanism the headroom just isn’t compromised, like within the case of sunroofs. These additionally cowl up virtually your entire roof, making the cabin really feel comparatively airier. And because it’s fastened, there’s no probability of 1 popping his head out of the roof, which might be deadly in some circumstances.

1.5-litre TSI EVO

In Europe, the Skoda Kamiq will get two direct-injection petrol models with turbochargers: a 1.0 TSI (95 and 115PS) and 1.5 TSI EVO (150PS), alongside a extra surroundings pleasant choice of a 1.0 G-TEC (90PS) CNG-petrol powered engine. Whereas Volkswagen has confirmed that it’s going to supply the localised 1.0-litre TSI in its upcoming MQB A0-based automobiles just like the Kamiq and T-Cross, there’s no phrase on the larger 1.5-litre engine but. We’d like to see the Kamiq and even the T-Cross get this engine in India, not less than on the upper variants.

Extra feel-good options

Aside from the Digital Cockpit and panoramic glass roof, the Euro-spec Kamiq presents much more options like powered tailgate and we’d need a few of the niceties to trickle down on the India-spec SUV as effectively. The powered tailgate opens as quickly as you wave your leg beneath the rear bumper and closes with a button or a mild faucet on the boot lid.

The Kamiq additionally packs dual-zone local weather management with rear AC vents overseas whereas none of its rivals supply it in India as of now. There’s leather-based, cloth and Alcantara mixture upholstery as effectively and it appears to be like plush, paired with Octavia RS-like sports activities seats. Apart from an anticipated massive touchscreen unit, Qi-certified wi-fi charging, ambient lighting and hi-fi 405-watt Skoda sound system can be what we wish in India.


Automobiles just like the Mahindra XUV300 and the Toyota Yaris are already on sale with seven airbags within the sub-Rs 15 lakh worth bracket, and Skoda can’t solely match them, however take the sport one step larger by providing 9 airbags. The Euro-spec Kamiq packs 9 airbags together with a number of lively and passive security options together with ESP, TC in addition to ABS and EBD.

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