Skoda Kamiq is scheduled to launch in India next year. The mid-size SUV will be imported via the CBU route and will rival the likes of Jeep Compass
Skoda Auto India is set to launch a host of new vehicles for the Indian market in the following months. One of the upcoming Skoda cars is a mid-size SUV named Kamiq. This new model is positioned as the entry-level SUV of the Indian-spec line-up. It is expected that the new SUV will be imported to our shore as Completely Built Units (CBU), and it will go on to rival the likes of Jeep Compass. Before the official launch, Skoda Kamiq was spotted during testing without disguise.
However, Skoda Kamiq will be available in a limited number in India. The Czech car brand will export the Kamiq to our market under the new regulation that allows foreigner car brand to have 2,500 imported units per year without homologation. Skoda Kamiq is expected to command a premium price. It is likely to be priced at around Rs 17 lakh.
Apart from the Skoda Kamiq, Skoda is also planning on launching the Skoda Vision IN which also locates in the mid-size SUV segment. This new model will sit under the Skoda Kamiq at the price from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh. However, it seems unlikely that Skoda will remain two vehicles in the same class, it is expected that the Skoda Kamiq will only fill the line-up before the launch of the Skoda Vision IN.
While the Skoda Kamid is built on MQB-A0 platform, the Skoda Vision IN will be underpinned by the MQB-A0-IN chassis that is developed exclusively for the Indian market. The same platform will be employed on various India-spec Volkswagen models for in the future.
About the engine options, it is known that Skoda will stick to the petrol-only policy with the upcoming Skoda Kamiq. In the meanwhile, on the international market, Skoda Kamid comes with both petrol and diesel option. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged petrol unit. Mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, this unit can generate a top power of 150 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. It is expected that Skoda Kamiq will come in only one variant, and this variant will get a wide range of premium features. The upcoming SUV will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Jeep Compass, and more. Besides Skoda Vision IN and Skoda Kodiaq, Skoda is planning to add Skoda Octavia as well.