Skoda Kamiq Is One Boldly Styled Subcompact Crossover

It was no secret that Skoda was working on a brand-new subcompact SUV to take on the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Hyundai Kona. The automaker had already released a number of teasers and confirmed that it would be named the Kamiq – and now, it has just unveiled it ahead of its debut at Geneva.

The name ‘Kamiq’ originates from the language of the Inuit people. According to the company’s Board Member for Sales and Marketing, Alain Favey, it “embodies something in which you feel comfortable in any situation and that has its own character. This suits the car perfectly.”

Slotting under the compact Karoq, the Kamiq is 4,241 mm (167 in) long, 1,793 mm (70.6 in) wide and 1,531 mm (60.3 in) tall, with a 2,651 mm (104.4 in) long wheelbase. It has a 400-liter (14.1 cu-ft) boot capacity with all seats in place, while folding down the second row increases it to 1,395 liters (49.3 cu-ft). Moreover, the front passenger seat can (optionally) be folded down, allowing for items up to 2,447 mm (96.3 in) long to be transported inside.

On the outside, the Kamiq has a rather funky styling. It features split LED headlights with DRLs, dynamic front and rear indicators and an interpretation of the brand’s C-shaped taillights. The wide grille with double slats, distinct hood creases, rear diffuser and elevated ground clearance, along with a choice of 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloys, complete its exterior look.

The Kamiq’s interior is dominated by its infotainment system that comes in 6.5, 8.0 or 9.2-inches, depending on the version. Positioned in the driver’s field of view, the 9.2-inch one is said to be the largest in the segment and sports an ergonomic hand rest below for operating the touchscreen display. Skoda also offers a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster as an optional extra.

Elsewhere, the front door trims have a high-quality soft-foam surface and there’s even ambient lighting available in three colors – white, red and copper. Customers will be able to specify contrast stitching on the seat covers, which can be upholstered in Suedia microfiber. A heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and heated windscreen are some of the comfort features offered by the Kamiq.

Despite the rugged appearance and optional underbody protection, the Czech subcompact SUV comes exclusively with front-wheel drive. It can be powered by a 115 PS (113 hp / 85 kW) and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque 1.0-liter petrol engin with a 6-speed manual gearbox or, optionally, a 7-speed DSG. There’s also a 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) 1.5-liter TSI with active cylinder management and the same transmission choices, whereas diesel fans will get to order the 1.6-liter TDI that’s rated at 115 PS (113 hp / 85 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.

The Kamiq is also available with the Sport Chassis Control active suspension which includes adjustable shock absorbers and a 10 mm (0.4 in) lower ride height and has four modes: Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual.

Front Assist and Lane Assist are standard, whereas Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Alert, Crew Protect Assist, Side Assist, Park Assist and Auto Light Assist are available as options.

Skoda will host the official premiere of the Kamiq at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

*We’ve added live images from the VW Group Night event in Geneva (Updated 3/4/2019)

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  • supermanuel

    ‘Boldly styled’ ? In what way is this utterly generic SUV boldly styled? It couldn’t be more obviously a Skoda/SEAT/VW rebadge if it tried. Boldly styled…jeez.

    • I don’t get it. Citroen and Hyundai can make this front-end look great yet somehow Skoda have dulled it completely down. I’m amazed.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Skoda Kamiq Is One Blandly Styled Subcompact Crossover
      Fixed the title.

      • supermanuel

        That’s better. Thank you.

  • Matthijs

    Boldy? Looks like just a Fabia Combi or Scala but than a bit higher. Seen a video presentation and the car doesn’t look that interesting. The Vision X looks more tough cause of the wheelarches. It is very roomy in the back though and the screens look sleek

  • Christian

    About time….Get your act together, car Scoop…

  • Marty

    As bold as a swollen Golf class car from the 00’s.
    Not saying it’s bad, but not bold either.

  • Giannis Antypas

    A pretty generic design, the worst aspect of looking at it being the side profile.
    Interestingly, there is not a single photo in this angle…

    Bold? Not even close.

    • designer_dick

      The side profile is ruined by the quarter window on the rear door that the Vision X didn’t have. It’s pretty clumsy looking.

      • Giannis Antypas

        I am talking about the side profile since I came up to it in a video presentation.

        I would say it looks somehow disproportionate,
        meaning it is a tall and short at the same time vehhicle
        but pretty much it looks like a station wagon on heels.
        This is rather odd for a subcompact SUV in my opinion.

  • Neither ‘bold’ or ‘funky’, its badge engineering at its most soulless. No wonder people are losing interest in cars

    • mihsf

      The French have better designs than competitors at the moment.

      • totally agree, the french have moved design forward….unlike the car above

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Learn the difference between badge engineering and platform sharing.

  • Hamster

    what is bold in this design?… it is just same Skoda styling we see on other cars…

  • Knotmyrealname

    Citroen current gen front end redone with rulers.
    Not knocking it, but it’s not bold.

  • Craig

    Change the grill and it’s a BMW.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      That’ll be the “cooking” model…

  • That shoulder line looks nice.

  • mihsf

    It’s not bold, it’s bland.

  • StrangerGP

    The only “bold” thing are the fugly Cherokee inspired headlights.

  • iea96

    There’s nothing bold about the styling, especially in the interior.

  • salamOOn

    and again, pretty good concept turned into boring ugly POS.

  • Tinky-Winky
  • exeptor

    Agree with the rest – not bold, not original, but will add this one as well – not that bad. Probably will sell good. Apart from that just think about the amount of SUVs and CUVs which are coming from VW Group – it is simply staggering (from base Arona to Benatyga and Urus).

  • erly5

    Boldly styled?? Yer havin’ a laugh, right??

  • alexxx

    Boldly styled? How yes no:-))

  • designer_dick

    It would look better if it borrowed the SEAT Arona’s black rubber wheelarch surrounds, which is something the VIsion X had. An ‘SUV’ without that sort of visual signifier looks almost like it’s missing its wellies. Maybe they’re saving it for a Scout version?

  • Romain AA

    “Boldly Styled”? Please define.

  • JRP

    Really lazy name, as it is being used by a Škoda crossover in China already. I also thought Kosmiq was a better name.

  • Ilbirs

    What caught my attention is that Kamiq’s dimensional set almost matches the one employed on VW T-Cross Brazilian spec, that has the same wheelbase. Compared to this spec, Kamiq is a bit lower (probably ground clearance) and longer (but not that longer and corresponding to overhangs).

  • Incog Nito

    Skoda Kamiq Is One Boldly Styled Subcompact Crossover And Completely Unnecessary Imo

  • Miknik

    I’d say nice looking, but boldly styled? Really??

  • 31/12/2999

    Damm Skoda is doing great cars in the last years.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    The front and back yes ok it’s a better design than of old

    But the side profiles! There’s no design they are just so blank and they look from a car 10 years ago!

    Again the interior is a lot better than previous Gen but still seems off somehow maybe it’s all the plastic

  • Vangelis Goulis

    I am confused. So is this a sister car to the T-ROC or the T-Cross and Arona? This is 12 cm shorter than a Karoq. What’s the point???

    • Salih Ahzem

      I think Skoda’s version of T-Cross/Arona.

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