Skoda is to comply with its Volkswagen Group siblings by launching a tiny B-segment SUV within the mould of the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross. Becoming a member of the Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq, the brand new Kamiq (we’re sensing a sample right here) seen in these spy pictures seems to stay comparatively trustworthy to the sketches thus far launched by Skoda.
The brand new Kamiq will experience on the simplified MQB-A platform that underpins different small SUVs from the group, in addition to the Polo, Ibiza and the following Fabia too. Judging by this, we suspect that the Kamiq shall be a front-wheel drive solely proposition, because of the platform’s torsion bar rear suspension – a element made clear from these spy photos. Engines will seemingly span three- and four-cylinder petrol engines, and four-cylinder diesels, related to guide and dual-clutch automated transmissions.
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Oliver Stefani, Skoda chief designer, stated: ‘In our new Kamiq metropolis SUV we’ve applied a totally new headlamp configuration. The 2-part headlamps with daytime working lights above are a primary for Skoda. They provide the Kamiq a novel look and characterize one other interpretation of our profitable SUV design language.’
A large, distinctive grille, with double slats – a typical function for Skoda’s SUVs – additionally options on the entrance, with traces resulting in the slim daytime working lights above the principle headlight cluster. A large consumption part beneath additionally offers the mannequin a wider look, with an general, upright design pointing in the direction of its rugged nature.
Transferring to the facet of the automobile, what Skoda calls a ‘twister line’ offers it an extended, sleeker look, at the side of the ‘dynamic’, sloping roofline. A primary for a Skoda SUV in Europe, the model title can be spelt out in letters, versus utilizing the emblem on the rear. Regardless of the automobile’s smooth design, it additionally options excessive floor clearance for off-road use.
Skoda additionally offered us with a take a look at the inside of the Kamiq, displaying a big, freestanding infotainment display above the centre console, new ‘crystalline construction’ end on numerous surfaces and the way in which during which the design ties in with the outside of the automobile. Regardless of its seemingly funds place available in the market, the mannequin additionally sports activities one of many largest digital cockpits within the sector at 10.25 inches, in addition to ambient lighting in both copper, crimson or white. Different elective extras embody heated rear seats, steering wheel and a heated windscreen.
The marque additionally revealed that the MQB-based automobile would have a wheelbase of two,651 millimetres and a boot quantity of 400 litres (1,395 litres with the rear seat backrests folded down), making it a direct competitor to fashions such because the Nissan Juke.
Pricing info is but to be revealed, nevertheless with the mannequin as a result of sit beneath the Karoq and Kodiaq, count on costs to start out from lower than £21,000 when it goes on sale.
The world premiere of the Skoda Kamiq will happen in Geneva this March.