› ŠKODA City SUV nominated as one of five finalists for “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2020” title
› AUTOBEST jury composed of leading automotive journalists from 31 European countries
› Test drives on the Istanbul Formula One circuit in late November will determine the winner
The ŠKODA KAMIQ has been nominated as one of the five contenders for the “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2020” trophy. The winner of the annual title, first awarded in 2001, is selected by a jury of leading automotive journalists from 31 European countries. This year, the decision will be taken after final test drives with the shortlisted vehicles on the former Turkish Formula One racing circuit, Intercity Istanbul Park, on 27 and 28 November. The winner will be announced in mid-December.
SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE NEW ADITION TO THE SKODA FAMILY
The word KAMIQ comes from the language of the Inuit people living in northern Canada and Greenland. It describes something that fits as perfectly as a second skin in every situation. Reason enough to give the new crossover model for the European market the same name as the SUV already established in China.
The KAMIQ combines the advantages of a sports utility vehicle – such as the higher ground clearance and raised seating – with the nimbleness of a compact hatchback. Its stomping ground is the urban jungle, which is where its virtues really come to the fore.
Speaking of headlights, their new design in the KAMIQ immediately catches the eye. The LED daytime running lights are positioned separately above the main lamps and, in the top-end trim level, this set-up makes it look like four gemstones have been set in the bonnet. The KAMIQ can also take pride in both its rear and front dynamic direction indicators.
Inside, the KAMIQ follows in the footsteps of the SCALA, another model that was being showcased to the general public in Geneva. The KAMIQ will also offer third-generation infotainment systems enabling it to be online at all times, a Virtual Cockpit with a 10.25-inch display, softened surfaces with a finish reminiscent of a crystalline structure, and a host of Simply Clever features.
The KAMIQ offers a multitude of safety features and advanced driver-assistance systems. Passive safety is assured by up to nine airbags and other components, while active safety relies on a whole range of assists, such as Lane Assist, Front Assist, including Emergency Brake Assist, Side Assist and Rear Traffic Alert. Travelling is made all the easier by the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Park Assist and Hill-start Assist. If that weren’t enough, you can always reach for the “boot opening assist”, i.e. the electrically operated tailgate. Those who like their car to be athletic will love the sporty chassis with adjustable shock absorbers, enabling drivers to switch between Normal and Sport modes.
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