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Skoda shows off its new Kamiq

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019 4:29pm

Skoda is adding a third model to its European SUV portfolio: the Skoda Kamiq.

Just like with the successful Skoda Kodiaq and Karoq, the name Kamiq also originates from the language of the Inuit people who live in northern Canada and Greenland: it means something that fits perfectly.

The Skoda Kamiq perfectly combines the advantages of a sports utility vehicle – such as higher ground clearance and an elevated seat position – with the agility of a compact car. With an emotive design, 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 families and lifestyle-oriented customers.

Skoda’s CEO Bernhard Maier said: “By introducing the Skoda Kamiq, we are completing our successful European SUV portfolio at the lower end. The Skoda Kamiq will captivate new customer groups for the Skoda brand, and it is, therefore, an important component of our model campaign.

“The Skoda Kamiq offers an attractive overall package and combines SUV typical characteristics such as the elevated seat position and a good view of the road with agile handling, an emotive design, a high level of safety and state-of-the-art connectivity. Furthermore, its generous amount of space and many Simply Clever features make it a real Skoda,” he added.

Skoda Ireland Head of Marketing & Product Raymond Leddy said: “Sales of the Karoq and Kodiaq have proved very strong since they arrived into the Irish market and we feel that the Kamiq will serve to add to this success. There is a huge appetite from buyers in this segment, and the Kamiq will offer great quality and refinement to this rapidly-growing small SUV segment, and we are confident, like all Skoda models, that it will be very competitive in terms of price, too.”

With the Kamiq, Skoda is tapping into a new, younger target group that pursues a modern, adventure-oriented lifestyle. Apart from a car’s off-road appearance, a high level of efficiency is essential in this segment; therefore the Kamiq is offered exclusively with front-wheel drive.

The Kamiq Interior is dominated by a 9.2 inch free-standing screen providing infotainment and performance information in the driver’s field of view. The Skoda Kamiq is equipped with the latest generation of infotainment systems that are always online via the most advanced Connect online services in the Skoda range. An optional virtual cockpit is also offered.

Despite compact exterior dimensions, the Kamiq possesses generous interior space with a boot capacity of 400 litres, which increases to 1,395 litres when the rear seats are folded down.

All of the Skoda Kamiq’s engines are direct-injection units with turbochargers. They come with brake energy recovery as well as Stop/Start technology.

The entry-level engine is a three-cylinder 1.0 TSI delivering 95bhp. A more powerful 1.0 TSI with a power output of 115bhp with a six speed manual; or a seven speed DSG is also offered. A four-cylinder 1.5 TSI with 150bhp tops the petrol line-up. A four-cylinder 1.6 TDI diesel engine delivering 115bhp coupled with a six speed manual or a seven speed DSG automatic gearbox is also part of the offering.

The new Skoda Kamiq will be available to order in Ireland from October 2019. Prices are to be confirmed, but indicators suggest it will be positioned below the bestselling Octavia.

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