ŠKODA has added a third model to its successful SUV portfolio for the European market – the ŠKODA KAMIQ – entering the rapidly growing city SUV segment for the first time. The KAMIQ blends the typical advantages of an SUV, such as increased ground clearance and a raised seat position, with the agility of a compact car and ŠKODA’s characteristic emotive design. With state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems, a generous amount of space and numerous Simply Clever features, the new KAMIQ equally fulfils the needs of both family- and lifestyle-oriented customers in true ŠKODA style
The KAMIQ is the second ŠKODA to incorporate the new interior concept. The elevated seat position and generous amount of space in the city SUV make getting into and out of the car more convenient and provide a great overall view as well as improved ergonomics. In the rear, the KAMIQ’s headroom of 1,003 mm, elbow room of 1,425 mm and kneeroom of 73 mm are all records in the segment. The boot has a capacity of 400 l, which can be increased to 1,395 l by folding down the asymmetrically split back seat (60:40) that features an optional centre armrest. Another option, the folding function for the front passenger seatback, enables the transport of particularly bulky items measuring up to 2,447 mm in length. Clever storage compartments in the interior provide an extra 26 l of space for stowing items. A pleasant interior atmosphere is created by the soft materials on the dashboard and front door trims, as well as new seat designs and covers – also made of the exquisite Suedia microfibre. Should the customer wish, the KAMIQ can be further customised with ambient lighting, decorative trims, contrasting stitching and a Dynamic package. The level of comfort can be boosted by the optional 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit, as well as Climatronic, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a heated windscreen and steering wheel. The transmitter signal used by the KESSY keyless entry system automatically switches off after 15 minutes of no movement, thereby increasing security.
An elevated ground clearance, rugged details and large wheels measuring 16 to 18 inches give the ŠKODA KAMIQ a powerful appearance. Boasting compact dimensions, the SUV newcomer is both full of character and dynamic. The ŠKODA SUV family resemblance is visible at first glance, yet some other striking features set the KAMIQ’s design apart: for example, the precisely sculptured bonnet, which lends the KAMIQ a unique look and underlines its own identity. It is the first ŠKODA to have split LED headlights with daytime running lights above and, in the full LED version, dynamic front and rear indicators. A panoramic roof is available as an option.
Three TSI petrol engines with cylinder capacities of 1.0 or 1.5 l and a 1.6-litre TDI produce between 70 and 110 kW (95 to 150 PS). The 1.0 G-TEC delivers 66 kW (90 PS) and is the first engine in a ŠKODA SUV to run on eco-friendly natural gas (CNG). The engines can be coupled with a 5- or 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG; they all fulfil the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. The KAMIQ features a newly developed chassis offering 39 mm more ground clearance than the SCALA. The KAMIQ can optionally be fitted with Sport Chassis Control – a 10-mm-lower sports chassis that can have its characteristics switched between Normal and Sport using Driving Mode Select.
The Swing, Bolero and Amundsen systems are from the third generation of Volkswagen Group’s modular infotainment matrix, offer displays measuring from 6.5 to 9.2 inches and can be equipped with the ŠKODA Sound System featuring ten speakers as an optional extra. The KAMIQ is always online thanks to a built-in LTE eSIM. This, for example, allows navigation to be subtly and constantly optimised. The ŠKODA Digital Assistant Laura is on-hand to respond to voice commands and is also backed by online data – in addition to simple commands, she also understands natural speech and dialects.