All-new baby SUV revealed ahead of Geneva debut, with concept-inspired looks and Scala-esque cabin.
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Skoda has officially revealed the Kamiq, now the smallest member of the Czech brand's SUV family.

In terms of design, it's very obvious the littlest Skoda crossover was inspired by the Vision X concept that previewed it at last year's Geneva motor show, though it's been toned down a bit for production.

Up front is a new split headlight design that separates the main beam from the LED daytime-running light clusters – a first for the brand.

There's also Skoda's moustache-like corporate grille up front, and a contrasting skid plate-style insert in the lower section of the bumper.

A sharp shoulder line crease extends through the sides connecting the head- and tail-lights, while another character line extends from the front guards to the rears.

Top: 2019 Skoda Kamiq, Bottom: Skoda Vision X concept

Out back there's 'C-shaped' LED tail-lights with Skoda's signature crystalline effect, and high-set reflectors integrated into the rear bumper.

The Kamiq also sees the deletion of the Skoda logo from the tailgate, instead donning 'Skoda' script.

Filling the arches are alloy wheels measuring between 16 and 18 inches depending on the model, while variants specified with the full-LED lighting package get 'scrolling' dynamic front and rear indicators – another Skoda first.

Dimensionally, the Kamiq measures 4241mm long, 1793mm wide, and 1531mm tall, while the wheelbase is rated at 2651mm. By comparison, the Nissan Qashqai measures 4394/1806/1595mm (L/W/H) and offers 2646mm between the axles.

Inside, the Kamiq's cabin clearly draws inspiration from the Scala hatchback, which shares the crossover's MQB A0 underpinnings – also common with the Volkswagen Polo and T-Cross.

Buyers can opt for central touchscreens measuring up to 9.2 inches, claimed to be the biggest in segment, which will be available with online functionality. The 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital driver's display is also available, while there's a minimalistic approach to physical buttons and dials.

Skoda says both the dashboard and front door trims are finished with yielding soft-foam surfaces, while the fascia is dominated by a large decorative insert that will likely be available with different looks depending on market.

There's also available ambient lighting, configurable in three colours, and the seats can be optioned with 'Suedia' microfibre. Basic versions come with a four-speaker sound system, though eight- and ten-speaker systems are available.

Behind the second row of seating, there's 400L of luggage capacity with the rear bench in place. That extends to 1395L with them folded.

Several powertrains will be offered at launch, all turbocharged units with direct injection and idle stop/start technology.

The petrol range kicks off with a 1.0 TSI three-cylinder unit available in two states of tune: the first making 70kW and 175Nm, while the second puts out 85kW and 200Nm.

Just a five-speed manual is available on the base variant, while the more powerful version can be had with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.

Rounding out the petrol line-up is a 1.5 TSI four-cylinder engine making 110kW and 250Nm – similar to that offered in local versions of the larger Karoq – mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.

There's also an 85kW/250Nm 1.6 TDI diesel featuring an SCR catalytic converter and AdBlue injection. Both six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG shifters are available for the oiler.

Finally, the Kamiq will also be available with a 1.0 G-Tec engine that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) in specific markets. It makes 66kW and 160Nm, sent to the ground solely via a six-speed manual.

The Kamiq offers 37mm more ground clearance than the related Scala (total isn't quoted, however), though the optional Sport Chassis Control drops the standard ride height by 10mm.

As with the company's latest range, the Kamiq is available with a range of active safety and driver assistance systems, namely autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection along with lane assist, which are fitted as standard.

Other available technologies include adaptive cruise control (up to 210km/h) with stop&go function (DSG only), driver fatigue alert, Crew Protect Assist which closes open windows and pre-tensions the front seatbelts, multi-collision brake to stop the vehicle from rolling after an accident, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, along with a rear-view camera and an automated Park Assist system.

Up to nine airbags are available, including a knee airbag and side inflators for the rear seats, while automatic high-beam is also optional.

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Skoda Australia's communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said the Kamiq is due in Australia late in the first quarter of 2020, "shortly after the Scala".

Final pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to launch, though it's worth noting the Kamiq will be arriving around the same time as the related Volkswagen T-Cross.

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