2020 Skoda Kamiq compact SUV to debut at 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Skoda Auto is set to unveil its new small crossover for Europe at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Czech firm has released a series of teasers, the latest of which reveal that this SUV will be called the Skoda Kamiq.
The company already sells a car under this name in China but the European car will be unrelated to this one. The Kamiq for Europe will be based on the firm's MQB A0 platform and be the Skoda equivalent of the VW T-Cross. The Kamiq is the production version of the Vision X concept shown at last year's event.
Chinese-market Skoda Kamiq
This SUV is also of importance to us in India. The first car from the Skoda-led India 2.0 plan for Volkswagen's revival here will most likely be a heavily localised redevelopment of this car. That car will sit on the MQB A0 IN architecture, which is an optimisation of this car's platform for India.
Not much of the styling has been revealed but we can say for sure that this SUV will follow the new trend of have a split headlamp set-up. The indicators and DRLs are pushed to the top while the headlamp unit is below. Other than this, the design should be typically Skoda, so expect clean angular lines, flat surfaces and crystalline headlamps. Like on the Scala, a bit more aggression in the design can be expected.
The production version of the Skoda Vision X concept SUV will arrive at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Engine options should be very similar to that of the recently revealed Skoda Scala. There will be three petrol options starting with a 95PS 1.0 TSI, a 115PS version of the same motor and going up to a 1.5 TSI with 150PS. The diesel engine will be a 1.6 TDI with 115PS and 250Nm. All of these should be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. AWD will probably be optional.
The Kamiq is a notable car for Skoda, given that it competes the brand's SUV line-up. The company has strong larger SUVs in the Karoq and Kodiaq and this will help it attract buyers in this very popular segment.