Skoda, the Czech car manufacturer and part of the Volkswagen Group is currently spearheading the Indian strategy for the group. Skoda is expected to bring in a slew of cars in the coming times in the Indian market, which will allow the manufacturer to grow the market share. One of the most awaited cars from the manufacturer to be launched in India is the Skoda Kamiq, which will take directly on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The car has been spotted in the Indian market for the first time before the official launch.
Skoda will unveil the Indian-spec Kamiq concept at the 2020 Auto Expo that is scheduled to happen in February 2020. However, the Indian-spec Kamiq will launch only in 2021. It will be Skoda’s entry-level SUV in the market. The vehicle has been spotted by ACI and it seems like a Euro-spec model that has come for testing in the Indian conditions.
The European-spec Kamiq is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 platform, which is quite expensive. The group is currently working on the MQB-A0-IN platform, which will be specific to the Indian market and will underpin a slew of upcoming cars in the market. The Indian version of the Kamiq is yet to get a name but Skoda is likely to announce it at the 2020 Auto Expo. Moreover, the vehicle will be heavily inspired by the international-spec Kamiq and will get similar design cues too.
The Indian version of the Skoda Kamiq will be about 4.2 metres in length and will offer a longer wheelbase than the international model. This will allow the manufacturer to offer a roomy cabin and compete with popular cars in the market. Also, since the Indian market likes to see shiny vehicles, the Indian version of the car will also get to see greater use of the chrome-dipped parts.
Skoda will offer a futuristic-looking cabin that will get features including an 8.0-inch touchscreen-enabled infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, reclinable rear seats and more features. Skoda has always offered smart features including umbrella holders and the Indian-spec Kamiq is expected to get similar features. The top-end versions will also get multiple airbags, ABS and more.
The Indian version of the Skoda Kamiq is not expected to get the diesel engine options. Since the stricter BS6 norms will be applicable in the Indian market, Skoda will only offer a petrol engine option. Also, Skoda is working on the CNG-powered vehicles in the Indian market and it is highly likely that the upcoming compact SUV will get CNG option too. The Kamiq will only offer 2WD option.