Skoda has unveiled a new compact SUV called Kamiq at Auto China 2018. Skoda said that the new SUV has been developed as per the preferences of Chinese customers.
According to the company, the “Kamiq” is derived from the word Amiq, the name of an islet in the Bering Strait, where the inhabitants have spent generations weathering the dangers of this wilderness and discovering opportunities and conditions for a fresh start.
The Kamiq measures slightly smaller compared to Skoda’s another compact SUV Karoq. Speaking of which, the Kamiq measures 4,390 mm long (+8 mm), 1,781 mm wide (-60 mm) and 1,593 mm high (-12 mm). The wheelbase is 2,610 mm (-28 mm).
The crystalline headlamps and tail lamps along with the position of the reflectors make the car appear more wider than it actually is. Rounding off the exterior looks are 17-inch double five-spoke alloy wheels.
Interiors get 8-inch touchscreen screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Baidu Carlife and MirrorLink. There is also voice control from iFLYTEK, where the AI software understands regional Chinese dialects and can even learn individual and local language styles automatically.
In addition, the connectivity system also provides many practical services such as a guide for restrictions based on number plates, real-time traffic information, weather information and POI notifications, the company said.
Powering the Kamiq is a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 81 kW (110 hp) of power and 150 Nm of torque, paired to an automatic transmission.
Skoda said that the urban SUV will be launched onto the market only a couple of months after the motor show.
“Skoda’s SUV campaign in China has begun with the successful launch of the Skoda Kodiaq and Karoq models. Continuing this campaign, we have developed another SUV exclusively for the Chinese market – the new Skoda Kamiq. Skoda will be presenting the next large SUV later this year, expanding our offering to four SUV models in China,” said Bernhard Maier, CEO, Skoda Auto.