Skoda’s entry into the lucrative small SUV segment is finally ready. The Kamiq is going into production at Skoda’s plant in Mlada Boleslav ahead of deliveries beginning later in 2019.
It joins the Octavia, Fabia, Scala and Karoq online at the plant. Skoda recently invested 100 million euros into infrastructure for the manufacture of the Kamiq.
As the smallest and most affordable SUV in the range, the Kamiq ought to do gangbusters in the showrooms. At least Skoda thinks (hopes) so, hence the investment.
The result is a 400-car daily production number of Kamiqs at the pant.
The Kamiq sits below the Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs in the range. It is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform. Similar models have been on sale at Skoda’s sister marques for some time.
The Seat Arona debuted two years ago, with the Volkswagen T-Cross following a little while later.
“For us, the start of production for a new Skoda model is always a special time,” said Dr Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics
“Over the past few months, we have made all of the provisions in production and logistics to successfully launch the Kamiq in the city SUV segment. We are convinced that – in typical Skoda style – the Kamiq too will impress our customers with its excellent quality and many practical features.”
The Kamiq is available with a range of engines, including the excellent 1.0-litre TSI lumps. A larger 1.5 TSI and 1.6-litre TDI are also available. A sporty vRS is likely not far off.
Prices should start from around £17,000 and deliveries are expected to begin in the autumn.