Skoda Kamiq confirmed as fourth SUV for China
Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier has confirm a new SUV will be revealed in April
With ambitions to double sales in China by 2020, a small, budget SUV will be an important addition
The two models will make a four-strong SUV line-up for the Czech car maker in China, adding to the existing Kodiaq and Karoq, as Skoda bids to double its sales to 600,000 in the country by 2020. CEO boss Bernhard Maier said the two new models showed it was “very serious about doubling business in China”.
He also reiterated that he wants to bring the Kodiaq GT to Europe in future but production capacity means it is not yet possible. “I would love to [introduce it].”
The new Chinese SUV will sit below the Karoq and is described as a “crossover” rather than an SUV by Maier.
He said the introduction of the vehicle, rumoured to be called Kamiq, was in reaction to China’s monumental SUV growth. “I think we’ve had the most dynamic development of SUV growth in China,- several hundred percent over two years. Therefore, we’re reinforcing our SUV campaign there.”
The model 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, codenamed Model Q, would be priced below the Karoq which would allow it to compete with the many Chinese SUV rivals on the market. “Pricing it below Karoq means we can get it to a price range for China that we would not have been able to reach in Europe.”
It will not be offered with an electrified powertrain, confirmed Maier, no doubt also to keep pricing low for the budget end of the Chinese market.
Last year, Skoda sold 325,000 cars in China, achieving a huge lead over its second biggest market, Germany, which sold 173,300 units in 2017.
By 2020, Maier wants to grow Chinese sales to 600,000, part of Skoda’s bigger plan to sell 2m cars globally by 2025.
Source: Autocar Online