• The Skoda Kamiq Is a Cool Crossover You Can’t Buy

Unless you move to China

Much like any mainstream automaker out there, Skoda also jumped on the SUV bandwagon, launching two crossovers over the last two years. Following the introduction of the midsize Kodiaq in 2016, Skoda unveiled the compact Karoq in 2017. Come 2018, and the Czech automaker is adding a third crossover to the lineup. It’s called the Kamiq, it was unveiled in China, and you won’t be able to buy it unless you move to the Asian country.

The Skoda Kamiq Is a Cool Crossover You Can't Buy
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Slotted below the Karoq, the Kamiq is a small, urban SUV aimed at young drivers

Slotted below the Karoq, the Kamiq is a small, urban SUV aimed at young drivers. It’s built on Volkswagen’s ubiquitous MQB platform, and at 4,390 mm long, it fits right between the Tiguan and the T-Roc, which suggests that it may be based on the latter. Although smaller than its siblings, the Kamiq shares many design features with the Kodiaq and Karoq. Actually, it’s almost identical to the Karoq up front, with only minor revisions to the headlamps and bumper. I guess Skoda also takes brand identity serious nowadays.

Though it competes in the affordable segment, the Kamiq is well equipped, featuring an infotainment system with a sizable display and front seats with an exclusive, checkered pattern with 3D effect. It also features speech recognition based on artificial intelligence thanks to software that understands regional Chinese dialects and automatically learns an individual or local language style. Apple CarPlay, Baidu CarLife, and MirrorLink compatibility are also included.

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Skoda has no plans to offer the Kamiq outside China, so don't get your hopes up yet.

Under the hood, the Kamiq comes with a new 1.5-liter engine. The unit is shared with the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-Roc, but it generates less power. While the former SUVs get 148 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, the Kamiq comes with 109 horses and 111 pound-feet of twist on tap. A seven-speed automatic transmission sends all that power to the wheels.

Skoda has no plans to offer the Kamiq outside China, so don’t get your hopes up yet.

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Press release

› New city SUV is ŠKODA’s third SUV for China
› ŠKODA KAMIQ with newly developed 1.5-liter 81 kW petrol engine
› SUV benefits from emotive design, generous interior space and modern connectivity solutions
› Smartphones can connect to KAMIQ via Apple CarPlay, Baidu CarLife and MirrorLink
› ŠKODA models KAROQ, KODIAQ, SUPERB, OCTAVIA and OCTAVIA COMBI also presented in Beijing

Mladá Boleslav/Beijing, 25 April 2018 – Curtain up for ŠKODA’s new city SUV. The ŠKODA KAMIQ is celebrating its motor show premiere at ‘Auto China 2018’ (25 April to 4 May) in Beijing. The new SUV is the third member of the modern SUV family in the Chinese market after the ŠKODA KODIAQ and ŠKODA KAROQ. The ŠKODA KAMIQ also features ŠKODA’s powerful SUV design language, and benefits from modern technology and an expressive design. At the SAIC ŠKODA stand in hall W4, the new SUV will be presented alongside the ŠKODA models KAROQ and KODIAQ as well as the SUPERB, OCTAVIA and OCTAVIA COMBI.

The new ŠKODA KAMIQ is the third member of ŠKODA’s modern SUV family in China and continues the powerful design language of the ŠKODA KODIAQ and ŠKODA KAROQ. It is positioned below the compact SUV ŠKODA KAROQ, rounding off the current SUV model range in China. In addition to the new mainstream city SUV, the ŠKODA models KAROQ and KODIAQ, as well as the SUPERB, OCTAVIA and OCTAVIA COMBI, will be on show at SAIC ŠKODA’s ‘Auto China 2018’ stand in hall W4.

With compact dimensions, the new ŠKODA KAMIQ is presented with a spacious interior typical of the brand. The body is 4,390 mm long, 1,781 mm wide and 1,593 mm high; the wheelbase is 2,610 millimetres. The mainstream city SUV is powered by a newly developed 1.5-litre petrol engine with 81 kW and a torque of up to 150 Nm. The ŠKODA KAMIQ is coupled with an automatic transmission and rolls up on 17-inch alloy wheels.

In the interior, the infotainment display in the centre of the dashboard enables convenient and easy access to many vehicle functions. The front seats, featuring a chequered pattern with 3D effect, offer superior comfort and lateral support.

With its expressive design, generous space and new, modern connectivity solutions, the new ŠKODA KAMIQ is aimed primarily at young urban customers in China. One technological highlight is iFLYTEK, a leading Asian provider of speech recognition based on artificial intelligence. The software understands regional Chinese dialects and automatically learns an individual or local language style. Smartphones can be paired with the KAMIQ via Apple CarPlay, Baidu CarLife and MirrorLink, and compatible apps can be operated via the 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels. Services including guidelines for license plate-related driving restrictions, real-time traffic information, weather information and interesting site notifications are examples of modern vehicle networking.

ŠKODA’s SUV strategy plays a crucial role in the growth of the brand. China, the largest car market in the world, is also ŠKODA’s strongest sales market. In 2017, the carmaker delivered 325,000 vehicles in China, growing 2.5% compared to 2016. This means that one in four of the brand’s vehicles is delivered to customers in China. Last year was also ŠKODA’s most successful year since re-entering the Chinese market in 2007. Since then, ŠKODA has delivered more than 2,350,000 vehicles to customers in China.

A Memorandum of Understanding, which includes a five-year investment plan of over two billion euros, was signed in 2016 during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Czech Republic, underlining the importance of China for ŠKODA. The aim is to expand the series with several SUVs and vehicles with alternative drivetrains.

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