Skoda has disclosed the name of their upcoming subcompact SUV which is aimed strictly for European market. It is dubbed as Skoda Kamiq and automaker claims that word is derived from language of Inuit people. The word describes something that fits perfectly as second skin in every situation. Incidentally, it also follows Skoda’s naming scheme of their SUV that starts with “K” and ends with “Q” such as Karoq and Kodiaq. The moniker is currently in use for a SUV that is available only in Chinese market.
This version is bit longer than Karoq and the new SUV will be smaller. One can conceptualize Skoda Kamiq as company’s version of SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross. The new Kamiq is underpinned by the same platform which is MQB A0 platform. It is expected that it will come with front-wheel drive and its Euro-spec will share same engine as T-Cross and Arona. Hence, buyers could look forward to small three and four-cylinder petrol engine along with 1.6 liter diesel engine. An electrified variant of Skoda Kamiq in coming years shouldn’t be surprising.
Since, Skoda as already previewed Vision X Concept which had 1.5 liter turbocharged engine, and rear-mounted electric motor with 48V system. It makes it all-wheel drive, but we are not sure if we if the production version will retain the same powertrain. World premiere of Skoda Kamiq is scheduled for 2019 Geneva Motor Show on 5th March. As it is slotted under Karoq, it will be cheaper that the compact model which is priced at £21,940 in UK and €22,490 in Germany.