Kamiq is Skoda's new

SUV

Skoda Kamiq, 2019, badge

SKODA is continuing its trend of using names from the icy wastes of North America for its new SUVs by announcing its latest compact model will be called the Kamiq.

Due to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the Kamiq name comes from the Inuit people of northern Canada and Greenland.

It's a name Skoda already uses on an SUV the Czech car maker sells in China and it means something that fits like a second skin.

As an urban crossover, the Kamiq joins Skoda's other SUVs - the Kodiaq and Karoq - and carries on the theme of the company using words which start with K and end with Q for its beefed up models.

Skoda says the Kamiq will combine the handling of a compact car with the advantages of an SUV and will feature plenty of interior space as well as the brand's Simply Clever features such as an ice scraper stowed in the fuel filler flap and an umbrella in the passenger compartment.

The Chinese model was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show last year and sits on a different platform.

The Kamiq for Europe sits on the VW Group's latest modular underpinnings and will be powered by a range of engines from its German owners including the 1.0-litre three cylinder turbo engine already used in the Fabia and Octavia.

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