Skoda Kamiq ready to


Skoda Kamiq, 2019, front
Skoda Kamiq, 2019, headlights
Skoda Kamiq, 2019, display screen
Skoda Kamiq, 2019, boot
Skoda Kamiq, 2019, interior
Skoda Kamiq, 2019, instrument panel

CZECH car maker Skoda has revealed more details of its new Kamiq compact SUV ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new model features some subtle design changes for the brand and includes a high tech interior with a ‘virtual' instrument panel as well as plenty of connectivity.

At 13ft 11ins in length it is similar in size to the Volkswagen T-Roc and comes with a 400 litre boot which can be expanded to 1,395 litres.

It slots into the Skoda SUV line up below the Karoq and Kodiaq models and continues the Skoda theme of naming its SUVs with words beginning with a K and ending in Q with their roots in the wilds of North America.

The Kamiq is the first Skoda to have split LED headlights which include pronounced daytime running lamps as well as ‘dynamic' indicators which flash outwards.

It will be available with a choice of engines including a 1.0-litre three cylinder TSI petrol unit developing either 95ps or 115ps.

The top-end engine is a 1.5-litre four cylinder TSI with 150ps on tap while the Kamiq will also be available with a 1.6-litre diesel developing 115ps.

Five-speed manual gearboxes are fitted to the entry level petrol while the others are available either with six-speed boxes or seven-speed dual clutch transmissions.

The cabin includes a 10.25-inch virtual instrument display as well as 9.2-inch free standing screen in the centre of the dash. Heated seats front and back and a heated steering wheel are also available.

Safety systems include emergency braking and lane departure alerts as standard while automatic cruise control is an option.

It is also festooned with more than 20 of Skoda's Simply Clever features and is the first compact SUV to offer the option of door-edge protectors which deploy automatically on opening to prevent damage.

The Kamiq will have its debut at Geneva on March 5 and further details, including pricing, will be announced later.


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