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You can add another vehicle to the lost of Seltos competitors as the Skoda Kamiq was recently spotted testing in India.

  • The SUV spied testing in India seems to be the Euro-spec model.
  • The Euro-spec Kamiq is based on VW Group’s MQB A0 platform.
  • Skoda’s India-spec SUV will be inspired by the European model.
  • Skoda is currently localising the MQB A0 platform for the domestic market.
  • Expect the upcoming India-spec compact SUV to be based on this platform.
  • It will be a petrol-only model and will rival the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
  • Expect features such as a panoramic sunroof, digital instrument cluster, etc.
  • It is likely to be priced between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).
Skoda’s compact SUV, the Kamiq, which made its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, has been spied on our shores. Set to be launched in India by early 2021, the Kamiq will take on the Kia Seltos and the upcoming second-gen Hyundai Creta.

The Kamiq is the smallest SUV offering from Skoda and is based on VW Group’s MQB A0 platform. Skoda and Volkswagen are currently in the process of localising this platform for the Indian market under its India 2.0 growth strategy. The resulting platform will be called the MQB A0 IN and will form the basis for both manufacturers’ upcoming cars, including the India-spec Kamiq.

The SUV seen in these spy shots seem to be the Euro-spec model that sports design elements like Skoda’s latest butterfly grille flanked by split headlamps with projector units and LED DRLs. At the rear, it sports LED tail lights with SKODA lettering across the bootlid. Expect the India-spec Kamiq to feature a slightly different aesthetic.

There is only one spy shot of the interior of this Kamiq wherein the instrument cluster features analog dials instead of Skoda’s virtual cockpit. It does get an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and climate control, though. The test mule also seems to feature a blacked out roof flanked by roof rails while the global models vary between offering a panoramic sunroof or a fixed glass roof. These features are expected to be offered on the India-spec model as well.

Skoda offers the Kamiq with multiple engine options in global markets. They include a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel motor. Recently, the Czech carmaker added a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol CNG-hybrid to the list as well. The India-spec Kamiq will get the smaller turbocharged engines while a factory-fitted CNG kit is likely to be offered as an option.

In India, the Kamiq might get slightly different dimensions too. The European-spec SUV’s measurements are as follows:

Skoda KamiqHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Length4241mm4270mm4315mm
Width1988mm1780mm1800mm
Height1531mm1595mm1620mm
Wheelbase2651mm2600mm2610mm
Boot size400 litres400 litres433 litres

The Euro-spec Kamiq is smaller than the Creta and Seltos in terms of overall length and height. But the Skoda is wider and has a longer wheelbase than the Korean SUVs. When launched, the India-spec Skoda Kamiq is expected to be priced between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh.

 

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I had a Skoda as a car rental in the UK a couple of years back, very easy to tell it was part of the VW group 😀
 

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I can't say that I've driven one, what are they like to drive?
reminded me a lot of the VW Golf I rented in Ireland a few years before that as all the gauges and switches were almost identical. I had this Skoda Rapid (hatchback) for 4 weeks and put on over 2400 miles during that period. It was a 2017 model, 1.4L gasoline engine at 123 hp, 7 spd DSG auto, with built in nav (but I took my own Garmin GPS with me with all my pre-planned routes on it) It was okay but I wouldn't trade my Kia Soul for it. :D

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reminded me a lot of the VW Golf I rented in Ireland a few years before that as all the gauges and switches were almost identical. I had this Skoda Rapid (hatchback) for 4 weeks and put on over 2400 miles during that period. It was a 2017 model, 1.4L gasoline engine at 123 hp, 7 spd DSG auto, with built in nav (but I took my own Garmin GPS with me with all my pre-planned routes on it) It was okay but I wouldn't trade my Kia Soul for it. :D

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From this photo it kind of reminds me of the Audi A3, and since they're all under the VW umbrella it makes sense that it also shares things with the Golf. Still it seems like a solid car to have as a rental.
 
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