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Skoda names its baby SUV

By Tim Robson, 25 Jan 2019 Car News

Skoda Kamiq

Smallest Skoda SUV on the block will be called the Kamiq, while Volkswagen hints at big T-Roc news

Skoda has released the name of its third and smallest SUV, which will be unveiled in all of its five-seat, five-door glory at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

Following in the wheeltracks of the large Kodiaq SUV and the mid-sized Karoq, the Kamiq – notice the K and the Q in every name? – will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s Polo-sized underpinnings.

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Skoda Australia can’t add much to the conversation as yet either, as it awaits more news from head office. However, their VW Australia deskmates did hint at a big announcement pending for the Volkswagen T-Roc, the spiritual kin of the Kamiq.

While that’s all we got out of them, this is potentially good news for potential Volkswagen and Skoda customers; the VW Group’s complete lack of a small SUV to compete against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX and Hyundai Kona has certainly cost it sales over the last 12 months.

With only a shadowy visage to work with, not much is known about the Kamiq – other than that Skoda already uses the same nameplate on a Chinese market-only SUV.

The best visual reference you can get for the Kamiq is the Vision X concept car, which debuted at last year’s Geneva show. We bet the concept won’t be a million miles away from the production car, though it’ll lose a few of the more showy bits of brightwork.

Skoda Vision X

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Skoda has made it clear that it’s moving away from its earlier, quirkier design set, best exemplified by cars like the Yeti –and the Kamiq looks set to follow suit.