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.
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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.