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Skoda Kamiq compact SUV spied testing before official launch in India

Skoda is planning to launch a slew of cars in the Indian market in the coming months. The new mid-size SUV will be the most affordable SUV from the brand in the Indian market but it will be imported as Completely Built Unit (CBU) models. Before the official launch of the all-new Kamiq, the model has been spotted testing on the public roads without any camouflage by T-BHP.

The all-new Kamiq will be launched in limited numbers in India and is likely to fill the model line-up for the brand until the production version of the Skoda Vision IN is ready. The Kamiq will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Jeep Compass and the likes in the Indian market. Since the Karoq, which is another CBU model from the brand is priced at Rs 25 lakh, ex-showroom, the Kamiq is likely to get a price tag of around Rs 17 lakhs. The production version of the Skoda Vision IN is expected to get a price tag between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 17 lakh, which will make it affordable than the Kamiq and position it under the mid-size SUV. However, it is unlikely for Skoda to sell two cars in the same segment.

The Kamiq is based on the MQB-A0 platform, which also underpins the Volkswagen T-Roc. The Kamiq will be Skoda’s equivalent to the T-Roc, which is also a CBU import and gets a price tag of Rs 20 lakh. Like the T-Roc, Skoda will sell the Kamiq in batches, which means only a limited number of vehicles will be imported and sold after the initial orders. Skoda has been doing the same for a lot of vehicles in India. The CBU models take advantage of the new rule that allows imports under 2,500 units per year without any homologation. The Skoda Vision IN will be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, which is a low-cost derivation of the same platform built specifically for the Indian market. It will underpin a wide range of vehicles coming to India from the Volkswagen group.

Skoda will continue its petrol-only vehicle strategy with the Kamiq too. While it is available with various engine options in the international markets including petrol, diesel and CNG options, the Indian market will only get the petrol engine option. The car is likely to get the 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine ha generates a maximum power of 150 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. The car is likely to get only a single variant that will offer a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It will offer a slew of premium features like a floating-type infotainment system, 10.25-inch TFT screen as ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instrument cluster. The launch is likely to happen sometime next year.

Skoda also has a few other vehicles that are scheduled to be launched in India. It includes the all-new Skoda Octavia, the production version of the Skoda Vision IN and Skoda Kodiaq petrol.