Skoda’s aim to double its China sales by 2020 has seen it preview another model in the form of the Skoda Kamiq. The car will be part of a four-model-strong SUV line-up for the Czech carmaker in China. The Kamiq small SUV – due ahead of a second new SUV, the Kodiaq GT coupé – will debut at the Beijing motor show.
The Kamiq will add to the existing SUV line-up, which includes the Kodiaq and Karoq, as Skoda strives to double its sales to 6,00,000 in China country by 2020. Skoda boss Bernhard Maier said that he wants to bring the Kodiaq GT to Europe in the future, but production capacity means it is not yet possible. This new SUV was spied earlier in China.
The new small SUV, codenamed Model Q but rumoured to be called the Kamiq, will sit below the Karoq and is described as a 'crossover'. It will rival Chinese models such as the Hyundai ix25, the Citroen C3-XR and the Nissan Kicks.
The Kamiq will be built on the localised PQ platform, on which the Chinese Rapid is also built. Sales and marketing boss Alain Favey said the car would be priced below the Karoq, allowing it to compete with the many Chinese SUV rivals on the market. The Kamiq will not be offered with an electrified powertrain, confirmed Maier.