The all-new 2019 Kamiq small SUV made a late spy debut, just as Skoda is gearing up for the model’s world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
The prototypes spotted by our photographers don’t carry too much camouflage, but don’t get fooled by their appearance: Skoda is using a special type of disguise to hide the shape of the headlights and taillights.
Furthermore, a closer look reveals some padding on the sides as well, just below the lateral windows, at the lower part of the doors, and about half of the third lateral window as well. The grille is also obscured by black tape, but the overall shape of the small SUV is hard to hide.
The European Kamiq is totally unrelated to the Chinese-market Kamiq that launched last year and is longer than even the Karoq. As a result, it features a different design, with two-piece headlights at the front inspired by the Vision X concept vehicle and boomerang-shaped taillights at the rear.
As for the interior, Skoda has already released the first photos which reveal a striking resemblance with the cabin of the Scala compact hatchback. That’s not surprising, since the Kamiq uses the same MQB-A0 platform as the Scala and other VW Group small SUV such as the Seat Arona and VW T-Cross.
As a result, it will feature a similar engine lineup as the Scala. Expect turbocharged TSI 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline units with outputs ranging from 90 PS (89 hp) to 150 PS (148 hp), as well as a 1.6-liter TDI four-cylinder turbodiesel and, maybe, a CNG version of the 1.0-liter gasoline engine.
The new Kamiq will launch at the Geneva Motor Show early next month as Skoda’s smallest SUV that will slot below the Karoq in the automaker’s European lineup.