Skoda Kamiq – A very important product for Skoda India
With the reigns for Volkswagen Group’s future in India now handed over to Skoda in India, the upcoming products from the brand hold a lot of significance. The Skoda Kamiq is one such car. The Kamiq is going to be made along with the Volkswagen T-Cross in India. The car will be made with the Group’s India 2.0 business plan in mind. This involves the localisation of the MQB A0 platform and the launch of products with high localisation at competitive price tags. When we talk about high localisation, we mean almost 95% of the car is localised. It has also planned to localise its smallest turbocharged engine, the 1.0-litre TSI, in the country. This news along with the company’s earlier hint that it is planning to offer a CNG powertrain option means that factory fitted CNG is coming to the companies line up soon.
The Skoda Kamiq will be based on the MQB AO platform which will be localised for India. The Kamiq will be available in the India market soon. When? What will be the expected price? What will be the features and specifications offered? Check them out below?
Skoda Kamiq Launch
The Skoda Kamiq will most probably be launched in early 2020 or mid-2020. The car will the first new product from Volkswagen Group in India after Skoda took control. The car’s launch will be mostly accompanied by its sibling, the Volkswagen T-Cross.
|Skoda Kamiq||Launching in 2020|
Skoda Kamiq Price
The Skoda Kamiq will be priced low and competitively. The car has to compete with the Renault Captur, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and the upcoming Kia SP. The car should come in with a starting price of around Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs. We are expecting the car to get a few more than 3 variants. It would be remarkable if the car in it’s base petrol variant could be a sub Rs 10 lakh car.
|Base||Rs 10 lakhs|
|Mid||Rs 12 lakhs|
|Top||Rs 15 lakhs|
(prices – ex-showroom, approx)
Skoda Kamiq Design
It’s a really good looking car. The front of the new Skoda Kamiq is characterised by a wide radiator grille with double slats and distinct lines on the bonnet. The rugged front spoiler emphasises the car’s off-road character. The compact side view, with large wheels measuring 16 to 18 inches and an elevated bonnet, appears robust and dynamic; the roof line and high ground clearance reinforce this impression. The side view presents balanced proportions and a timeless design, combined with a dynamic and sporty look. The rear features a new interpretation of the Skoda-typical ‘C’ shape of the lights. A diffuser accentuates the car’s generous ground clearance and powerful appearance.
“With the Skoda Kamiq, we have rigorously advanced our successful SUV design language and come up with a car that is very powerful and emotive, despite its compact dimensions. The Kamiq is immediately recognisable as a member of the Skoda SUV family thanks to its large, upright radiator grille, the distinct lines on the bonnet and the crystalline headlights. However, new highlights such as the daytime running lights above the headlights further reiterate an independent and unique identity,” explained Oliver Stefani, Head of Skoda Design.
The new Skoda SUV is the brand’s first model to feature split LED headlights with daytime running lights that, in the full-LED version, appear like four gemstones above the main headlights. Three-dimensional and crystalline effects, as well as LED units that look like glistening jewels, add to the sophisticated appearance. The full-LED version also features fog lights with static cornering lights as well as – for the first time in a Skoda – dynamic front and rear indicators. The front indicators are divided into individual LEDs. When the driver turns the indicators on, they flash outwards in a sweeping motion.
Skoda Kamiq Interior
The Kamiq’s interior is dominated by the free-standing screen which is ideally positioned in the driver’s field of view and, at 9.2 inches, the biggest in its segment. A character line echoes the lines on the bonnet. It also forms an ergonomic hand rest below the display for operating the touchscreen. Measuring 10.25 inches, the optional Virtual Cockpit is also amongst the largest displays in the segment. The redesigned instrument panel continues the emotive design language of the exterior. The side air vents extend into the doors, visually enhancing the spacious feel of the Kamiq.
The dashboard, with its new, extensive decorative elements, and the front door trims feature a high-quality, soft-foam surface with a new specific texture resembling crystalline structures. This will also shape the Skoda brand’s style in future. The ambient lighting, available in the three colours white red and copper, also helps to provide a pleasant feeling of spaciousness. These add a visual highlight to the shades and coloured contrasting stitching on the seat covers. As an option, the seat covers are available in Suedia microfibre. The interior of the new Skoda SUV impresses not only with its amount of space but also with its comfort options that are otherwise only seen in higher vehicle segments. These include a heated steering wheel and heated windscreen. The Kamiq also offers heated seats, not only for the two front seats but also as an option for the outer seats in the back. These options will not make it to India and are of no use in our weather.
The new Skoda Kamiq is 4,241 mm long and 1,793 mm wide and has a height of 1,531 mm. The wheelbase measures 2,651 mm. This is especially beneficial for the rear passengers who can enjoy 73 mm of knee room. The boot has a capacity of 400 l, which increases to 1,395 l when the rear seats are folded down. As an optional extra, the front passenger’s seat back can also be folded down, allowing longer items up to 2,447 mm to be transported with ease.
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Skoda Kamiq Specifications
The Kamiq will not be made available with a diesel engine. The car will be available with petrol and petrol/CNG option only. Almost all MQB A0-based cars in Europe offer a CNG avatar of the 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol, the TGI. Using CNG helps decrease CO2 emissions by as much as 25 per cent and NOx emissions by up to 75 per cent. Moreover, CNG is far more efficient than diesel, petrol and even LPG: the energy generated by 1kg of CNG is equivalent to 2 litres of LPG, 1.3 litres of diesel and 1.5 litres of petrol. The Volkswagen Group’s 1.0-litre TGI engine produces 95bhp of max power and a maximum torque of 160Nm. This powertrain packs a six-speed manual transmission.
The equivalent petrol-powered 1.0-litre TSI is available in two states of tune: 92bhp/ 175Nm and 112bhp/200Nm, both with manual and DSG automatic options.
Skoda Kamiq Competiton
The Kamiq will compete with the Kicks, Duster, Creta, Captur and the upcoming Kia SP. The Kamiq will also compete with the all new Volkswagen T-Cross. This will also be based on the same platform.