The long-anticipated Skoda Kamiq small SUV has been made its debut, ahead of a full public unveiling at the Geneva motor show next week.

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The Kamiq joins the Czech brand’s lineup as their smallest SUV ever. It’s based on the same MQB A0 platform as the Scala hatch and Volkswagen T-Cross/SEAT Arona SUVs, measuring 4241mm long, 1793mm wide and 1531mm tall, with a 2651mm wheelbase.

Visually, it’s based on the Vision X concept revealed at last year’s Geneva motor show. Up front, there’s a split headlight design with seperate LED daytime running lights, along with a skid plate esque insert at the bottom of the bumper. At the rear, the traditional Skoda emblem has been replaced with ‘S K O D A’ spelled out along the tailgate – it sits between two C-shaped LED tail-lights. Depending on the variant, wheels sized between 16 and 18 inches fill the large wheelarches.

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Inside, the Kamiq’s cabin looks a lot like that of the related Scala hatch. Dominating the dashboard is a 9.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is complemented by a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster positioned in front of the driver. Features available on top-spec models include LED ambient cabin lighting, microfibre sports seats, satellite navigation and a ten-speaker sound system.

Skoda claims there’s 400 litres of boot space on offer with the second row in place, which expands to 1395 litres with it folded.

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Five powertrains will be available at launch. The entry-level engine is a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder, available in 70kW/175Nm or 85kW/200Nm tunes. The former is available solely with a five-speed manual, while the latter gets the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic. The top-spec petrol engine is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, which sends 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque to the wheels through a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.

Buyers looking for a more frugal engine can opt for a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-disel, which features AdBlue and produces 85kW/250Nm – six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG options are available.

All Kamiqs are front-wheel-drive only.

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Skoda is also offering a 1.0-litre three-cylinder that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) – it produces 66kW and 160Nm, and is available solely using a six-speed manual.

Safety techology available on the Kamiq range includes AEB, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, reversing camera, automated parking and nine airbags.

 

The Skoda Kamiq goes on sale in Europe later this year, following a public debut at the Geneva motor show next week. An Australian launch is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, shortly after the Scala.

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