The Skoda Kamiq GT has been previewed in sketches ahead of its reveal on November 4, giving an early glimpse of the Czech brand's latest model for the Chinese market.
If the aesthetic looks familiar, we don't blame you. The Kamiq GT looks almost exactly like the Vision GT concept that previewed it in June, with slight changes to the front bumper insert, wing mirrors, and wheels.
Up front there's clear links to the new Scala hatchback, though the Chinese-market model distances itself from the global Kamiq crossover in terms of the design. There's no split headlight design, and the front grille appears slightly more upright.
Top: Skoda Kamiq GT, Bottom: 2020 Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo
However, the rear looks very similar to the model bound for global markets like Australia, employing an almost identical design for the tailgate, tail-lights and rear bumper. It even features an alloy wheel design almost bang on with the rims used on the Kamiq Monte Carlo (above).
The Kamiq GT, at least in the sketches, does feature a contrasting black roof, extended chrome trim that forms a C-pillar accent, and additional trim on the outer edges of the bumper.
"The exterior sketch of the new Skoda Kamiq GT highlights its sporty and powerful appearance with a distinctive front and an elegant, flowing roofline," Skoda says in its media release.
"This gently slopes down towards the rear, culminating in a rear spoiler. Its expressive lines are especially tailored to the taste of young Chinese customers."
Above: Skoda Vision GT concept
While there's no sketches of the interior yet, the Czech manufacturer says the Kamiq GT's cabin "offers a blend of rugged SUV looks and sporty dynamics".
"A horizontal decorative trim extends across the vehicle’s entire width, and occupants can look forward to choice materials, exclusive highlights and sports seats that offer excellent lateral support."
Skoda's new compact crossover model will be part of the brand's joint venture with SAIC in China, and is scheduled to make its debut in Tianjin, China, on November 4.
The Middle Kingdom is Skoda's "single most important market", and following the launch of the Kamiq GT will be the only region where the brand offers five SUV models.
While the Chinese market gets its own version of the Kamiq (based on the much older PQ34 platform that dates back to the 1990s), the global model of the same name is scheduled to hit the Australian market during the first half of 2020.
Pricing and specifications are still to be determined for our market, though we wouldn't be surprised if the Kamiq starts a little under $30,000 and climb to around $35,000 for the top-spec Monte Carlo.
The Czech subsidiary of Volkswagen will be keen to add a small SUV to its line-up given the rapid rise of new vehicle sales in the segment, currently dominated by the likes of the Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3.
In Europe the Kamiq is offered with several of turbocharged powertrains – a 1.0 TSI in two states of tune, a 1.5 TSI, and 1.6 TDI.
A five-speed manual is standard on the 75kW 1.0 TSI, while a six-speeder is standard fit on the 85kW 1.0 TSI, 110kW 1.5 TSI and 85kW 1.6 TDI. The latter three are also offered with a seven-speed DSG, with drive sent exclusively to the front axle regardless of powertrain.
Measuring 4241mm long, 1793mm wide and 1553mm tall, the Kamiq is roughly the same size as the aforementioned CX-3 dimensionally, though it packs a larger 400L/1395L (Min/Max) boot in keeping with the brand's 'Simply Clever' methods of maximising practicality in its products. The 2651mm wheelbase is also a healthy 80mm longer than said Mazda, which should afford greater legroom for rear passengers.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest Skoda Kamiq updates over the coming months.