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2019 Skoda Kamiq SUV debuts with 1 L turbo 115 PS petrol engine

Skoda Kamiq front design incorporates split LED headlights with DRLs, and dynamic front indicators. Rear features dynamic indicators and new C-shaped taillights. Exterior design elements include a double slat wide grille, prominent hood creases that were emphasised when the previous images were shown, rear diffuser and notable ground clearance. Wheel choices include of 16”, 17” or 18” alloys.

Kamiq interior will include an infotainment system in the range of 6.5, 8.0 or 9.2-inches, varying on variant. No doubt, the 9.2-inch screen is a segment biggie, and will be available with a hand rest below for ease of ops of the touchscreen display. A 10.25” Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is available as an option.

Front door trims feature a soft-foam surface. Interior ambient lighting is available in three colours – white, red and copper. Upholstery in Suedia microfiber will be available with contrast stitching on seat covers. Heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and heated windscreen are charged with catering to creature comforts.

Powering the new Skoda Kamiq are a range of new petrol and diesel engine options. The base model gets powered by a 1 liter 3 cylinder petrol turbo engine, which delivers 115 PS and 200 Nm. It is offered with 6 speed MT or an optional 7 speed DSG. On top of this, is a 1.5 liter TSI petrol on offer. It comes with cylinder deactivation tech. Output is at 150 PS and 250 Nm. It gets the same transmission options as that of 1 liter variant. Diesel engine is in the form of 1.6 liter TDI. It delivers 115 PS and 250 Nm.

Speaking about the new Skoda Kamiq, it measures 4,241 mm (167 in) in length, 1,793 mm (70.6 in) in width, and 1,531 mm (60.3 in) in height. Wheelbase stands at 2,651 mm (104.4 in), and bootspace measures in at 400-liter (14.1 cu-ft), expandable to 1,395 litre (49.3 cu-ft) with second row seats folded down. With the front passenger seat folded down, one could almost use the entire interior space and transport an item with length upto 2,447 mm (96.3 in).

Why is this car important to India? Well, Skoda has confirmed that they will launch this new SUV in India. Once launched, it will take on the Hyundai Creta. Kamiq dimensions are very close to that of Hyundai Creta, which is 4270 mm long, 1780 mm wide, 1630 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2590 mm. Bootspace is same at 400 liters. Apart from Creta, Kamiq will also compete with the likes of Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur, etc. India debut is at 2020 Auto Expo, while launch is by June 2020.

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