Making its debut in Beijing is the new Skoda Kamiq, the third member of the carmaker’s SUV line-up for the Chinese market after the Karoq and Kodiaq. The Kamiq will also be present at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, before going on sale a few months later.

Like its siblings, the Kamiq’s styling cues include the familiar Skoda grille with vertical double slats, met by a slightly protruding bonnet. There’s also a small model badge just beneath the side mirrors, and the overall shape isn’t that far off from the bigger SUVs.

On the mention of size, the Kamiq measures 4,390 mm long, 1,781 mm wide and 1,593 mm high. As for the vehicle’s wheelbase, it measures 2,610 mm which is identical to a Honda HR-V. Skoda calls the Kamiq a “city SUV,” and it should rival B-segment models like the Hyundai ix25, Citroën C3-XR and Nissan Kicks as well.

Based on previous sketches, the SUV’s dashboard will be dominated by an eight-inch touchscreen sandwiched between a pair of air-con vents. Skoda says the speakers are installed at an angle for better performance and the seats come in a plaid pattern with 3D effect.

Connectivity is another important aspect of the Kamiq, as the primary target here are young, urban customers. Therefore, the infotainment system offers voice control from iFLYTEK, one of Asia’s leading providers of voice recognition based on artificial intelligence. Smartphones can also be connected via Apple CarPlay, Baidu Carlife and MirrorLink interfaces.

The Kamiq is powered by a 1.5 litre petrol engine that produces 109 hp and 150 Nm of torque, transmitted via an automatic gearbox. Last year, Skoda sold 325,000 cars in China, which is significantly more than its second-biggest market, Germany, where it sold 173,300 units in the same period.

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