Electric, innovative and sustainable: ŠKODA showcases visions of the future for China at Auto Shanghai 2019


April 15, 2019

› ŠKODA VISION iV is the carmaker’s next step towards e-mobility in China
› KLEMENT electric two-wheel concept as an innovative micromobility offering for Chinese metropolises
› China is the only market worldwide in which ŠKODA offers four different SUV models
› 22 millionth ŠKODA – a KODIAQ GT – rolled off the production line in China

 

Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – ŠKODA intends to continue its success story in its most important single market by entering the e-mobility sector, which is growing rapidly – particularly in China. At Auto Shanghai 2019 (16 to 25 April), ŠKODA will be presenting the VISION iV and the KLEMENT two-wheel concept, thus unveiling its dynamic, innovative and sustainable vision of the future for the Chinese market. The booming SUV segment offers ongoing growth potential. China is the only market in which ŠKODA offers four different SUV models – the KODIAQ GT top model, the KODIAQ as well as the entry-level models KAROQ and KAMIQ. Other highlights: in celebration of the first OCTAVIA from 1959 turning 60, ŠKODA will be displaying its icon at Auto Shanghai.

Bernhard Maier, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said, “We deliver every fourth ŠKODA to China. It is our most important single market. Last year, we increased our deliveries there by 4.9% to 341,000 vehicles and we thus exhibited stronger growth than the overall market. I’d like to thank all of our customers in China for placing their trust in our products. Our SUV campaign is a key success factor. All four SUVs – the KAMIQ, KAROQ, KODIAQ and KODIAQ GT – have been very well-received amongst our customers in China. For us, this is a great incentive to make the ŠKODA brand even more well-known, popular and successful in China.”

At this year’s Auto Shanghai, ŠKODA is presenting itself as electric, innovative and sustainable. With the VISION iV and the KLEMENT, ŠKODA is offering exciting prospects for an electric future. Furthermore, the car manufacturer will also be showcasing its entire SUV family: the ŠKODA KODIAQ GT, KODIAQ, KAROQ and KAMIQ.

The VISION iV provides a concrete look ahead at a future production vehicle. The brand’s first all-electric model to be based on the modular electric car platform will be launched in Europe as early as 2020. In consultation with the joint venture partner SAIC Volkswagen, intensive work

is also already being carried out regarding entry into the Chinese market. At the same time, ŠKODA is to continue its steady growth trajectory there, primarily with models in the SUV segment, which offers further growth potential. ŠKODA recently celebrated a special milestone in this segment: the 22 millionth ŠKODA produced since the company was founded in 1895 was a ŠKODA KODIAQ GT manufactured in China.

 

ŠKODA VISION iV – the next step towards e-mobility

As the first ŠKODA to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform, the VISION iV provides a concrete look ahead at the Czech brand’s all-electric production vehicles of the future. ŠKODA has adapted the VISION iV specifically for the Chinese market both visually and in terms of technology and equipped it with a 150-kW (204-PS) electric motor at the rear, which drives the rear wheels, produces zero emissions and can deliver a top speed of 160 km/h. The compact lithium-ion battery is embedded in the car’s floor and, with a capacity of 83 kWh, offers a range of up to 500 km.

The concept study features plenty of space within its sporty, aerodynamic and emotive body. Other prominent details include illuminated glass inserts in the vertical slats of the ŠKODA grille and cameras instead of classic wing mirrors. The multi-level arrangement of the instrument panel and centre console as well as a seemingly floating central screen add a new dimension to the interior. Innovative technologies provide more safety and comfort; infotainment and digitalisation also mark the beginning of a new era. Smartphones are directly integrated into the infotainment system and can even be used as a digital key for unlocking the car.

 

Electric, innovative and modern – micromobility provided by the KLEMENT

By introducing the KLEMENT mobility concept, ŠKODA is tracing an arc back to its founding fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement – who began the company’s success story by manufacturing bicycles 124 years ago – and is presenting its vision of electric, innovative and modern micromobility for use in China’s metropolises. Thanks to an integrated 4-kW rear hub motor, the KLEMENT has a top speed of 45 km/h; the throttle and brake are controlled via innovative pivoting pedals that are child’s play to use. A hydraulic front brake equipped with ABS, and LED lights integrated into the vehicle guarantee a safe ride.

 

SUV quartet for China – the ŠKODA KODIAQ, KODIAQ GT, KAROQ and KAMIQ

China is the only market worldwide in which ŠKODA offers four different SUV models. In addition to the ŠKODA KODIAQ, which is available as a seven-seater if desired, and a ŠKODA KAROQ that is 50 mm longer than its European counterpart, this quartet includes the Chinese version of the ŠKODA KAMIQ and the ŠKODA KODIAQ GT, which were both developed exclusively for China.

The ŠKODA KODIAQ marked the beginning of the Czech brand’s SUV campaign and was the first model to display the current design language. It impresses with the ŠKODA-typical excellent value for money, well-thought-out functionality and generous amount of interior space for up to seven occupants. What’s more, it features a boot capacity of up to 2,065 l – the largest within its segment.

Both versions of the KODIAQ offer state-of-the-art connectivity and deliver a power output of 162 kW (220 PS) in their range-topping all-wheel-drive variants.

As the brand’s first SUV coupé and boasting a dynamic appearance, state-of-the-art connectivity features and innovative assistance systems, the KODIAQ GT is the brand’s flagship and iconic model. Featuring a sporty as well as stylish exterior and interior, the ŠKODA KODIAQ GT combines the versatility of an SUV with the elegance of a coupé, thereby appealing to lifestyle-oriented customers.

The ŠKODA KAROQ in the Chinese market provides even more comfort as the vehicle itself and its wheelbase are both 50 mm longer than in Europe. It features a wealth of assistance systems and tops its segment with its innovative connectivity solutions.

The 81-kW (110-PS) variant of the ŠKODA KAMIQ acts as the Czech brand’s entry-level SUV in China and, boasting modern connectivity solutions, is primarily aimed at young, urban customers. One technological highlight is voice command from iFLYTEK, a leading Asian provider of voice recognition technology based on artificial intelligence.

 

A legend turns 60 – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is celebrating its 60th anniversary since start of production: in January 1959, the first units of this legendary model range rolled off the production line at the Mladá Boleslav plant. It was 60 years ago when the expressive name ‘OCTAVIA’ enriched the ŠKODA brand’s model range for the first time. It was no coincidence that the name was derived from the Latin ‘octavia’, which means ‘the eighth’. After all, the newcomer of the day was the brand’s eighth model after World War II.

 

China is ŠKODA’s largest single market worldwide

› Sales figures increased again in 2018 by 4.9 per cent to 341,000 vehicles
› ŠKODA makes major financial investments in China
› ŠKODA’s 22 millionth vehicle was a ŠKODA KODIAQ GT produced in China

 

Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – ŠKODA in China: since the brand returned to the Chinese market in 2007, it has written a unique success story. For nine years, China has been the Czech carmaker’s largest single market worldwide – one in four ŠKODAs is currently delivered there. Despite a decreasing overall market, ŠKODA once again celebrated a record year in 2018 and, in comparison to 2017, its sales figures increased by 4.9 per cent from 325,000 to 341,000 vehicles. Since 2007, ŠKODA has delivered an impressive total of 2.6 million vehicles in China and the brand is to further expand its presence in the future as well by making major financial investments and launching its first all-electric models.

ŠKODA did business in China for the first time as early as the 1930s. In 1936, the Czech brand had five sales agencies in the Asian country. However, the real success story began in 2007, when – after a break lasting for decades – ŠKODA returned to the Chinese market as part of the SAIC Volkswagen joint venture and immediately began producing the ŠKODA OCTAVIA locally in Ningbo. The KAROQ is the second model produced there. The KODIAQ and its coupé variant, the KODIAQ GT, are manufactured at Volkswagen’s joint venture plant in Changsha. The RAPID and RAPID SPACEBACK roll off the production line at the Yizheng plant, whilst the SUPERB and KAMIQ are both built in Nanjing.

 

One in four ŠKODAs is sold in China

ŠKODA has enjoyed stronger growth in the Chinese market than any other European manufacturer. China has been the most significant market in the world for ŠKODA since as early as 2010. Despite difficult economic conditions, in 2018 the Czech carmaker continued its run of record years and delivery figures increased by 4.9 per cent to 341,000 vehicles. In 2017, 325,000 new cars were delivered to customers in China. One in four ŠKODAs is currently sold in China – equating to 2.6 million vehicle sales since 2007. Amongst these is a particularly special milestone vehicle: the 22 millionth ŠKODA to be delivered since the company was founded in 1895 was a ŠKODA KODIAQ GT. The brand’s first SUV coupé is produced exclusively for the Chinese market.

In addition to the successful SUV campaign – China is the only market worldwide in which ŠKODA offers four SUV models – the introduction of e-mobility is playing an important role in continuing to increase sales figures.

Over the next three years, ŠKODA will be investing more than 200 million euros in China in its model range and brand awareness as well as 1.9 million euros in expanding its sales network to more than 700 dealerships. In 2016, during the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Czech Republic, a memorandum of understanding was signed concerning a five-year plan. The plan states that a total of more than two billion euros will be invested in the expansion of the SUV portfolio and in ŠKODA vehicles with alternative drive systems.

 

ŠKODA VISION iV: the next step towards e-mobility

› Four-door SUV coupé featuring dynamic lines and a generous feeling of spaciousness
› All-electric concept study delivering 150 kW (204 PS) offers a range of up to 500 km
› Look ahead at ŠKODA’s first production model to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform

 

Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – By revealing the all-electric VISION iV concept study, Czech car manufacturer ŠKODA is providing a concrete look ahead at its electric future. The four-door SUV coupé is the brand’s first model to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform. The sporty and dynamic design represents the joy of driving; at the same time, the VISION iV impresses with its generous feeling of spaciousness. By the end of 2022, ŠKODA will have launched a total of ten electric models worldwide. The brand’s first steps into the era of e-mobility go hand in hand with the largest investment programme in the company’s history. Over the next four years, ŠKODA will be investing a total of four billion euros in alternative drive systems and new mobility services.

The striking lines of the VISION iV concept study hint at the modern and self-assured appearance of the future family of electric ŠKODAs, whilst its minimalist design points to how easy electric cars are to use in everyday life. The ŠKODA VISION iV is 4,665 mm long, 1,926 mm wide and has a height of 1,613 mm; its wheelbase measures 2,765 mm. The body features a great combination of an athletic side view, bold wings and a coupé-like roofline. The concept study’s doors are designed without any handles – they open automatically with just a touch. Cameras are used instead of classic wing mirrors.

Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design, said, “The minimalist design, as seen in the use of cameras instead of wing mirrors or the lack of door handles for example, symbolises how easy our electric cars will be to use. Illuminated design features and new light technology add exciting visual

touches.”

The reinterpretation of ŠKODA’s typically wide, covered grille, boasting delicate vertical slats and illuminated crystalline structures is the defining feature of the VISION iV’s front. The tapered headlights come with innovative Matrix LED technology and are connected to each other by a horizontal light strip in the upper part of the grill. The ŠKODA lettering on the tailgate – whose individual letters illuminate in red – provides another eye-catching detail.

 

Striking interior design points the way for future electric vehicles

The interior of the ŠKODA VISION iV acts as a role model for that of the Czech car manufacturer’s future electric vehicles. The designers have made use of the lack of a classic transmission tunnel  to give the instrument panel and centre console a striking new arrangement, which provides a great sense of spaciousness. The lowest level of the interior’s multi-level concept offers plenty of storage space between the driver and front passenger seats. Above this, there is a movable and particularly easy-to-reach centre console. Here, there is space for control units and two mobile phones, which are wirelessly integrated into the infotainment and operating systems, and can be charged inductively. The instrument panel echoes the shape of the vehicle’s front and consists of two levels that are delicate and light. The large screen appears to float in the centre above the dashboard.

The lower part of the instrument panel features decorative elements made from birch veneer in a matt finish. These replace classic air vents and create a sense of a natural flow of air.

The wooden slats span virtually the entire width of the interior. The redesigned steering wheel features just two spokes and bears ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering instead of the usual brand logo; below it, a metal brace echoes the front of the vehicle. Buttons and particularly well-crafted knobs that appear to float on the steering wheel are both exquisitely designed and simple to use. The driving mode can be selected on the steering wheel; all controls can be found together in one central position, in easy reach of the driver. The particularly lightweight swivel seats contribute to the airy, spacious feel. The seats are covered in Dinamica®, a suede substitute.

Oliver Stefani explained, “In the interior, we have made the most of the advantages of the MEB platform and created a very generous amount of space. What’s more, we are also highlighting our first step into the era of e-mobility with an all-new multi-level interior concept.”

 

The electric motor drives the rear wheels

The VISION iV is the first electric ŠKODA to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform. The compact, high-voltage battery lies between the front and rear axle in the car’s underbody, where it is also optimally protected. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery delivering 83 kWh can be charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes using a cable. The car also boasts a maximum range of up to 500 km in the WLTP cycle. The zero-emission car is powered by an electric motor on the rear axle, which delivers 150 kW (204 PS). The VISION iV’s top speed is 160 km/h. It can reach a speed of 100 km/h from a standing start in just 9 seconds; the short burst from 80 to 120 km/h only takes 6.4 seconds. Alternatively, for the production car that is to follow there will also be an all-wheel-drive variant featuring two electric motors. This variant will have a total power output of 225 kW (306 PS), allowing the VISION iV to reach a maximum speed of 180 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds. Its range remains unchanged at 500 km.

Christian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, said, “In terms of the energy required, vehicles with e-drive are the most effective mobility solution today. One characteristic of electric motors is that their maximum torque is available straight away. This provides excellent responsiveness and a high level of dynamism.”

 

A wealth of assistance systems lend the driver a hand

The ŠKODA VISION iV uses innovative technology and a wealth of assistance systems to improve the safety and comfort of its occupants. Fitted with laser scanners and radar sensors, it can navigate its surroundings and respond accordingly. Comprehensive connectivity features allow for direct interaction with other road users, cars and the infrastructure. In certain situations, this means the VISION iV is also able to drive autonomously or park itself. The crossover coupé comes equipped with a latest-generation infotainment system. A permanent 5G connection enables access to numerous mobile online services such as Infotainment Online and Care Connect. The system can be operated using voice command, gestures or the occupants’ smartphones. These are integrated directly into the concept study’s infotainment system via the innovative centre console. The VISION iV can be unlocked and started using the smartphone as a digital key. A premium sound system treats occupants of the car to perfect acoustics. The concept study itself monitors the well-being and safety of the driver: it detects when the driver’s concentration is waning by monitoring the movement of their eyes. It can also monitor their heart rate and emit a warning if it is at a dangerous level. In emergencies, the ŠKODA VISION iV brakes automatically and comes safely to a stop.

 

KLEMENT: electric two-wheel concept for sustainable micromobility in cities

› KLEMENT offers concrete look ahead at the future of modern individual micromobility in metropolitan areas and megacities
› ŠKODA’s modern two-wheel concept combines a pure design, state-of-the-art technology and effortless handling
› KLEMENT showcases connectivity at its best and offers a variety of brand-typical clever connectivity features
› Innovative combined throttle and brake control for intuitive operation and a 4-kW wheel hub motor with recuperation
› Highest level of safety thanks to hydraulic brake at the front equipped with ABS and an innovative lighting concept

Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – By presenting the KLEMENT mobility concept at Auto Shanghai, car manufacturer ŠKODA is demonstrating how it envisages the future of micromobility in major cities: electric, innovative and modern. The built-in 4-kW wheel hub motor accelerates the KLEMENT up to a top speed of 45 km/h; the accelerator and brake are operated using pivoting pedals. This allows for handling that is as innovative as it is effortless. A hydraulic brake at the front equipped with ABS, and LED lights integrated into the vehicle guarantee a safe ride at all times. The KLEMENT also traces an arc back to the company’s roots – back to 124 years ago when the story of ŠKODA began with the manufacturing of bicycles under founding fathers Laurin & Klement.

Guido Haak, Head of Product Management at ŠKODA AUTO, said, “Micromobility is becoming increasingly important in cities. By presenting the KLEMENT at Auto Shanghai, we are showcasing our vision for the future of micromobility: sustainable, innovative, electric and with a pure, modern design. The KLEMENT is a state-of-the-art, dynamic and easy-to-use vehicle, and allows the ŠKODA brand to further appeal to a younger target group with a heightened sense of environmental awareness. The concept is perfectly aligned with our customers and our E-Mobility Strategy. We are therefore assessing whether, and how, this exciting, new mobility concept can be added to our portfolio in the future.”

Micromobility and electrified vehicles – both are developing at pace in China with its rapidly growing metropolises. Millions of e-bikes and electrified scooters are of course part of the  street scene here and represent a society that is open to micromobility. Aimed at this group, the KLEMENT electric two-wheel concept is a nimble vehicle that makes the daily commute to work easier in densely populated major cities, for example. It was designed for young people who are seeking a sustainable alternative to a car and who expect it to be easy to use, fun, as well as faster and more convenient than a conventional bicycle. The KLEMENT features a futuristic aluminium frame and single-sided forks for both the front and the rear wheel. The mobility concept does not have any visible levers or cables; the rider’s feet rest on fixed pedals, which are located where e-bikes have a bottom bracket.

The KLEMENT two-wheel concept is celebrating its Asian premiere at Auto Shanghai, taking place from 16 to 25 April 2019.

Riders accelerate and brake the KLEMENT just like they would popular hoverboards – by tilting the foot pedals. If the user shifts their weight forwards on the pedal, the KLEMENT’s hub motor accelerates. If the pedals pivot backwards, a hydraulic disc brake at the front equipped with ABS is activated, as is regenerative braking at the rear wheel.

The hub motor on the rear wheel outputs up to 4 kW and accelerates the two-wheel concept up to a maximum speed of 45 km/h. Two lithium-ion batteries, each featuring 52 cells, have a total capacity of 1,250 Wh – providing a range of up to 62 km. These batteries can be easily removed and charged using a household plug socket; they can also be recharged whilst riding thanks to brake energy recuperation. With a target weight of approx. 25 kg, the KLEMENT is easy to manoeuvre at all times.

The two-wheeler’s integrated light system includes an LED headlight and brake light, LED indicators integrated into the pedals as well as a daytime running light. A smartphone holder with inductive charging is located on the crossbar, just behind the handlebars. Smartphones are the key to unlocking the two-wheeler’s connectivity potential. They can be used to link the KLEMENT to all of the innovative connectivity solutions offered by ŠKODA, such as the Coming Home function, the automatically triggered Emergency Call as well as remote diagnostics and maintenance. Owners can also programme a restricted area of use via Geofencing.

In future, many additional features might be included in a production version of the KLEMENT, for example assistance systems, Function on Demand or special mousse tyres, which are made from a shock-absorbing foam also used in running shoes, thus providing a comfortable and quiet ride.

 

ŠKODA KODIAQ: space for up to seven people in the brand’s first SUV

› Very spacious interior and the largest boot within its segment with a volume of up to 2,065 l
› Available as a seven-seater with a third row of seats and innovative assistance systems
› Its design, which is full of character, is the role model for ŠKODA’s typical SUV design language

 

Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – The introduction of the ŠKODA KODIAQ in autumn 2016 marked the start of ŠKODA’s extensive SUV campaign and saw to the successful expansion of the Czech brand’s model portfolio. The KODIAQ provides ŠKODA-typical strengths such as well-thought-out functionality, a generous amount of space and excellent value for money.

The spacious ŠKODA KODIAQ, which is available as a seven-seater if desired, is 4,698 mm long, 1,883 mm wide and – including roof rails – has a height of 1,676 mm. Its wheelbase measures 2,791 mm. The ŠKODA KODIAQ is based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. A choice of two efficient engines is available for the Chinese market – a 2.0 TSI delivering 137 kW (186 PS) and a 2.0 TSI that produces 162 kW (220 PS).

The distinctive design language used for the exterior acts as the role model for the current ŠKODA SUV family. This is continued in the ŠKODA KODIAQ’s interior, where it radiates a sense of robustness and safety. The interior is set apart by bold vertical features such as the four large, upright air vents, and also boasts the outstanding workmanship and intuitive operation typical of ŠKODA. The KODIAQ has the largest boot within its segment: the five-seater offers a boot capacity that ranges from 506 l up to 2,065 l with the rear seats folded down; the optional seven-seater version offers 190 l, or 506 l with the third row of seats folded down.

The ŠKODA KODIAQ features numerous assistance systems as standard or as optional extras, including Front Assist, for example. Thanks to its innovative infotainment and connectivity solutions, the SUV can be always online, making it possible to access the Infotainment Online and Care Connect mobile online services via Baidu CarLife at any time.

 

ŠKODA KODIAQ GT: exclusive flagship SUV variant specifically for the Chinese market

› ŠKODA’s first SUV coupé is exclusively for the Chinese market
› Precise lines emphasise a sporty and dynamic outline
› Combination of rugged versatility and exclusive elegance

 

Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – The KODIAQ GT is ŠKODA’s top-of-the-range model in China. The Czech brand’s first SUV coupé is exclusively available to customers in China and also takes on the role of the flagship in ŠKODA’s most important market. This status is clear to see thanks to the ŠKODA KODIAQ GT’s dynamic appearance, state-of-the- art connectivity features and innovative assistance systems. Featuring a sporty as well as stylish exterior and interior, the ŠKODA KODIAQ GT blends the versatility of an SUV with the elegance of a coupé, thereby appealing to lifestyle-oriented customers.

The front of the 4,634-mm-long ŠKODA KODIAQ GT is given a distinctive appearance by a radiator grille that features chrome-plated double slats and is framed in black. LED headlights, a three-dimensional bumper as well as large air inlets equally highlight the SUV’s sporty appearance. Behind the front doors, the roofline gently slopes towards the rear where it merges with the angular tailgate that bears ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering. The side view is particularly dynamic: carved-out side sills with matt black accents emphasise the rugged nature of the SUV coupé.

The rear wows with clean-cut LED tail lights in the typical ŠKODA design that feature crystalline shapes. The black diffuser and a narrow reflector spanning the entire width of the vehicle beneath the loading sill create additional highlights. The interior is characterised by high-quality materials. As an option, the KODIAQ GT can be fitted with an individually customisable Virtual Cockpit. In typical ŠKODA style, it also comes with a wealth of Simply Clever features. The ŠKODA KODIAQ GT offers state-of-the-art connectivity and is always online thanks to its Wi-Fi hotspot as well as MirrorLink™, Apple CarPlay or Baidu CarLife. A choice of three efficient engines do the job under the bonnet. The entry-level 1.4 TSI, delivering a power output of 110 Kw (150 PS), and the 2.0 TSI, outputting 137 kW (186 PS), are both paired exclusively with front-wheel drive; the 2.0 TSI producing 162 kW (220 PS) is coupled

with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG as standard. Numerous assistance systems such as Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including the Stop-and-Go function ensure a high level of safety.

 

ŠKODA KAROQ: compact SUV boasting state-of-the-art technology and plenty of space

› The Chinese ŠKODA KAROQ is bigger than its European counterpart, thus providing even more comfort
› A wealth of innovative assistance systems and state-of-the-art connectivity solutions
› Customers in China can choose between two efficient TSI engines

Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – In brand-typical style, the ŠKODA KAROQ compact SUV offers an extraordinary amount of interior space. The new ŠKODA SUV design language is apparent in the car’s emotive and dynamic design featuring numerous crystalline elements. What’s more, the KAROQ comes with a wealth of assistance systems and full LED headlights. The ŠKODA KAROQ is at the very top of its segment in terms of innovative connectivity solutions.

The ŠKODA KAROQ in the Chinese market provides even more comfort as the vehicle itself and its wheelbase are each 50 mm longer than in Europe. It is 4,432 mm long, 1,841 mm wide and 1,614 mm high. The long wheelbase measuring 2,688 mm makes the interior even more spacious.

The expressive, powerful and bold appearance of the ŠKODA KODIAQ point to its SUV genes. Geometrically shaped headlights with precise contours give the front of the car a distinctive appearance, whilst short overhangs at the front and rear, a sloping roofline that is visually extended by a line in the D-pillar, and the tapered rear all define the side view. Horizontal lines at the rear emphasise the width of the body. In the course of this year, the KAROQ will bear ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering at the rear. It comes with a choice of two efficient drive units. The 1.2 TSI engine has a power output of 85 kW (115 PS), whilst the top-of-the-range 1.4 TSI delivers 110 kW (150 PS).

Numerous assistance systems are available for the compact SUV, for example Front Assist including the City Emergency Brake function – which is available as standard – and the optional Blind Spot Detect. The ŠKODA KAROQ’s infotainment systems are at the cutting edge of technology.

 

ŠKODA KAMIQ: city SUV with emotive design

› Compact SUV produced exclusively for the Chinese market
› Compact dimensions, a generous amount of space and sporty appearance
› Modern connectivity and innovative voice command also for Chinese regional accents
› ŠKODA KAMIQ comes with new 1.5-litre petrol engine and automatic transmission

 

Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – The KAMIQ completes the range of ŠKODA SUVs in China at the lower end. The city SUV consistently continues the powerful design language of the ŠKODA SUV family with its expressive lines and impresses with modern technology. The Chinese ŠKODA KAMIQ lines up below the compact KAROQ.

Despite compact dimensions, the ŠKODA KAMIQ offers a brand-typical generous amount of interior space. The Chinese version of the city SUV is 4,390 mm long, 1,781 mm wide and 1,593 mm high, making it around 15 cm longer than the European ŠKODA KAMIQ. Its wheelbase measures 2,610 mm and it has a boot capacity of 463 to 1,510 l, considerably greater than that  of the European KAMIQ (400 to 1,395 l). The city SUV features a new 1.5-litre TSI with a power output of 81 kW (110 PS) and maximum torque of 150 Nm; except for the entry-level variant, the ŠKODA KAMIQ comes equipped with automatic transmission as standard.

The ŠKODA KAMIQ’s striking and rugged exterior design continues in the interior. The infotainment display enables the driver to operate many vehicle functions easily and conveniently. The front seats feature a 3D-effect diamond pattern and offer outstanding comfort and lateral support.

One effective and innovative interior detail is the angled installation of the speakers. Boasting modern connectivity solutions, the ŠKODA KAMIQ is primarily aimed at young, urban customers in China. One technological highlight is voice command from iFLYTEK, a leading Asian provider of voice recognition technology based on artificial intelligence. The software understands numerous Chinese regional accents and can learn individual or local styles of speech automatically. Smartphones can be paired with the car via Apple CarPlay, Baidu CarLife and MirrorLinkTM. Compatible apps can be operated using the 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels.

A wealth of different services and information completes the offering of the ŠKODA KAMIQ’s infotainment system.

 

Further information:

Hermann Prax                                        Št?pán ?ehák

Head of Product Communications              Product Communications T +420 734 298 173          T +420 734 298 614

hermann.prax@skoda-auto.cz                   stepan.rehak@skoda-auto.cz

 

 

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