Meet the latest addition to the ŠKODA SUV family – the KAMIQ
KAMIQ combines the advantages of a sport utility vehicle – such as higher ground clearance and a comfortable seating position – with the agility of a compact car. With an emotive deign, state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems, a generous amount of space and numerous Simply Clever features, the new KAMIQ fulfils the needs of both family -and lifestyle-oriented customers.
The KAMIQ continues the successful SUV design language from the KODIAQ and the KAROQ and comes with the new visual highlights such as the split headlights featuring the daytime running lights above the main headlights. The city SUV is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) and, with a length of 4,241mm, offers a generous amount of interior space.
The front of the new KAMIQ features a wide radiator grille with double slats and distinct lines on the bonnet. Large wheels measuring 16 to 18 inches, an elevated bonnet and high ground clearance contrasts the compact profile of the KAMIQ while maintaining the car’s balanced proportions.
The new SUV is the brand’s first model to feature split LED headlights with daytime running lights. The full-LED version also features fog lights with static cornering lights as well as – for the first time in a ŠKODA – dynamic front and rear indicators. The front indicators are divided into individual LEDs. When the driver turns the indicators on, they flash outwards in a sweeping motion. The rear features a new interpretation the ‘C’ shape of the lights.
The KAMIQ is the brand’s second model featuring the new interior concept. The free-standing screen is positioned in the driver’s field of view and, at 9.2 inches, the biggest in its segment. The design features a hand rest below the display for operating the touchscreen. Measuring 10.25 inches, the optional Virtual Cockpit is one of the largest displays in the segment. Side air vents extend into the doors.
The dashboard and the front door trims feature a high quality, soft-foam surface with a new specific texture resembling crystalline structures – a feature that will shape the brand’s style in future. Ambient lighting is available in the three colours: white, red and copper. These highlight the shades and coloured contrasting stitching on the seat covers. The seat covers are available in Suedia microfibre as an option.
The interior of the KAMIQ impresses with its comfort options that are often only seen in higher vehicle segments. These include a heated steering wheel and heated windscreen. The KAMIQ also offers heated seats, not only for the two front seats but also as an option for the outer seats in the back.
All engines offered on the KAMIQ are direct-injection units with turbocharges. They come with brake energy recovery as well as Stop/ Start technology.
The entry-level engine is a 1.0 TSI delivering 70kW (95PS). This three-cylinder model produces maximum torque of 175 Nm and features a manual five-speed gearbox.
The four-cylinder 1.6 TDI diesel engine delivers 85kW (115PS) and offers torque of 250Nm; it is fitted with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particular filter as standard. This engine is coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. A seven-speed DSG is offered as an option.
Sport chassis control allows for a more dynamic vehicle set-up this optional sporty chassis is 10mm lower and, in addition to the ‘normal’ mode, also has a ‘sport’ mode with firmer shock absorbers with adjustable valves. ‘Driving mode select’ offers a choice of four modes: ‘normal’, ‘sport’, ‘eco’ and ‘individual’. Underbody protection is offered as an optional extra for those who want to take their KAMIQ off road.
The KAMIQ offers state-of-the-art safety systems with front assist and lane assist offered as standard. Front assist, which includes city emerge braking and predictive pedestrian protection, monitors the area in front of the car while driving in the city, helping to prevent accidents. Using a camera, lane assist recognises lane markings and helps the driver to keep the car in lane. At speeds of up to 130mph on motorways, the optional adaptive cruise control (ACC) automatically adjusts the speed of the car to that of vehicles ahead. The optional driver alter fatigue detection system emits a warning as soon as it registers that the driver’s concentration is waning.
If the car’s sensors detect an impending collision, the optional proactive crew protect assist quickly closes any open windows and pre-tensions the front seat belts. Up to nine airbags, including a knee airbag and side airbags of the rear seats, protect the passengers in the case of a collision. Following an accident, the multi-collision brake prevents the vehicle from rolling any further.
Optional rear-view camera and park assist, which automatically manoeuvres the KAMIQ into and out of parallel and bay parking spaces, lend the driver a hand when parking. The integrated manoeuvre assist function automatically brakes the city SUV if the sensors detect an obstacle in front of or behind the car during parking.
Three infotainment system are available for the new KAMIQ. The top-of-the-range Amundsen infotainment system comes with a free-standing 9.2-inch touchscreen that is positioned up high, in clear view of the driver. This screen is one of the largest in the segment. The 10.25-inch virtual cockpit offers a choice of five different display layouts – ‘classic’, ‘basic’, ‘modern’, ‘sport’ and ‘extended’.
The permanent internet connection provides the KAMIQ with eCall, which communicates information such as the car’s location and status in the event of an accident, and Proactive Service, which stays in contact with the garage to coordinate service appointments.
The car can be accessed remotely using the ŠKODA Connect app or web portal. This feature allows owners to lock and unlock their car or check whether all of its windows are closed – all from a distance. In addition, car owners can conveniently call up information while on the go and find out how much fuel is left in tank. Other vehicle and driving data such as the car’s mileage or the speeds it has travelled at can also be accessed.
The KAMIQ offers more than twenty Simply Clever features. It’s the first car in its segment to offer the option of clever door-edge protection that deploys automatically when the doors are opened. This system prevents damage to the KAMIQ as well as nearby vehicles, particularly in tight parking spaces in the city. The tailgate can be opened and closed at the push of a button; thanks to its integrated tip-to-close function, it can also be closed by lightly pulling on the open tailgate.