Skoda has confirmed the Kamiq SUV for entry into the European market, following the B-segment crossover’s debut in China. The Kamiq’s positioning places it squarely up against the likes of the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR and Nissan Kicks, as well as European contenders such as the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Citroën C3 Aircross.

The Beijing debutant entered the China market with a 1.5 litre petrol engine which produces 109 hp and 150 Nm of torque, sent to the driven wheels via an automatic transmission. Interior equipment for the Chinese-market Kamiq is targeted at young, urban customers, where smartphone integration comes courtesy of Apple CarPlay, Baidu Carlife and MirrorLink, plus infotainment voice control by iFLYTEK.

The Skoda Kamiq for the China market.

Called by the company a ‘city SUV’, the Skoda Kamiq measures 4,390 mm long, 1,781 mm wide and 1,593 mm tall, with a 2,610 mm wheelbase. Compared to its Chinese twin, the Kamiq for the European market is set for slightly different styling and is likely to retain hints of the Vision X concept, particularly around the front and rear ends.

The European-market Kamiq can be expected to feature the 1.0 TSI three-cylinder and 1.5 TSI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines from within the Volkswagen group, which are already in service with its German and Spanish counterparts such as the Seat Arona and the Volkswagen T-Cross.

GALLERY: Skoda Vision X


GALLERY: Skoda Kamiq for Chinese market