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Skoda Kamiq SUV spotted testing without camouflage but covering badges

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Skoda is working on launching the Skoda Vision IN that the brand showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and was an instant hit at the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India media night. The brand has also revealed that the Rapid successor which is allegedly christened – SLAVIA will follow the Vision IN, but the Czech brand is also testing another SUV in India. 

Spyshots suggest that the new Skoda SUV is the ‘Kamiq’, a 4.2 metre long SUV that will compete against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the likes. A test mule of the Skoda Kamiq has been spotted sans camouflage testing around Pune which is the home of the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) that provides certification and homologation services for automotive vehicles and components in the Indian market. 

The Skoda Kamiq could be undergoing validation testing before it is launched in the Indian market. The SUV already retails in the international market and the Kamiq is expected to be brought to the country via the CBU (completely Built-Up Unit) route under the 2,500 homologation-free car rule which will enable the manufacturer to retail Euro-spec Kamiq in India. 

The spy shot of the Kamiq appears to have the badging taped off, but the LED combination taillamps, the sharply raked rear windscreen, rear windscreen wash-wipe, a wide lower bumper applique that reverberates with the front air dam, rounded wheel arches, Skoda hallmark shoulder line that starts from the front quarter panel and runs all the way to the tail lamp, chrome applique under the taillamps, etc. 

In the international market, the Skoda Kamiq features LED headlamps, mounted on the bumpers, LED daytime running lights that mingle with the signature radiator grille, a wide air dam on the front with a skid plate effect, multi-spoke alloy wheels, etc. On the inside, the Skoda Kamiq features a centrally mounted floating touchscreen infotainment system, fully-digital instrumentation, automatic climate control, new-generation Skoda two-point steering wheel with controls, ambient lighting etc.