India Bound Skoda’s Hyundai Creta Rival Named As ‘Skoda Kamiq’

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Skoda has officially announced the all-new SUV that will take on the likes of Tata Harrier and Hyundai Creta in the Indian market

Skoda has officially revealed the name of the all-new SUV that is based on the Vision-X concept. Keeping up with the tradition of naming their SUV products from the letter “K”, the all-new SUV is known the Kamiq. It will soon join the SUV line of the Skoda that already consists of the Kodiaq and the Karoq.

The name Kamiq is from the Inuit people living in remote northern Canada and Greenland. The word describes something that fits anything as a second skin in every situation. The name has been given to the crossover SUV as it may fit most of the challenging situations off the road. Skoda already uses the name in China for a different, China-spec SUV. It should be noted that Skoda follows the same naming strategy for all their SUV. All the three SUV from the brand gets “K” as starting letter and “Q” as the ending letter.

Skoda is yet to reveal how the upcoming SUV will look like but it has released a teaser image that shows the distinctive DRLs and the headlamps of the Kamiq. The teaser image reveals a lot about the design of the car.

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The Kamiq will be heavily inspired by the Skoda Vision-X concept model and the vehicle will be revealed completely at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show. The bright LED DRLs on the front-end of the Kamiq gives it a distinctive look. It will get separate housings for the DRLs and the headlamps.

It will go on sale in the international markets later this year. It is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. It will take on the sister brand, Volkswagen’s T-Cross in the international markets.

The Kamiq is also expected to be launched in the Indian market at a later date. It will get the low-cost MQB-A0 platform that is being developed for the developing markets like India. The launch is expected to happen in early 2020. The Indian version will take on the cars like Hyundai Creta and Tata Harrier and it would become the most affordable SUV in the Indian market from the brand.

Skoda is currently spearheading the operations of the Volkswagen Group in India and is expected to launch the vehicle soon. The Indian version of the Kamiq may get powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It will be heavily localised to ensure that the overall cost of the car remains competitive.