Hyundai Creta-rivaling Skoda Kamiq to debut at Beijing Auto show
Spy images have emerged online of the Chinese-market Skoda Kamiq SUV. The Kamiq is based on the international market Rapid and is similar in size and specification to the Hyundai Creta. The car is to launch in China later this year and will sit below the Karoq in its SUV line-up.
The car will be unveiled at the upcoming Beijing auto show and features a design closely reminiscent of the Kodiaq. The Kamiq is differentiated by a less detailed design with simpler projector headlamps and taillamps, a smaller Skoda butterfly grille and less contoured bumpers with in-built LED DRLs. This simplistic interpretation of the Skoda SUV design language also carries over to the rear. The car also looks more rounded off when seen in profile alongside its European stablemates. The interior also follows the design theme of the Skoda SUV line-up with a contoured dash, vertical AC-vents and a touchscreen infotainment in the middle. The steering wheel, instrument cluster, door trim and gear lever all seem to come from the Skoda parts bin.
Mechanically, the car is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor which puts out 108PS. The Kamiq is slightly longer than 4m in length and is built by Shanghai-VW. While there is no news of the Kamiq coming to India, this SUV could fill a gap in Skoda's line-up in India. The car can be positioned below the upcoming Karoq and could be a viable alternative to the Hyundai Creta and lower-spec Jeep Compass models, although we understand that India might get a country-specific small SUV. The Kamiq is expected to be priced from RMB 90,000 or Rs 9.39 lakh when launched in China.
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