While its size and proportions may be similar to the Skoda Kamiq that sells in Europe, the Kamiq GT gets unique styling that is specific to the Chinese market. Skoda applies the GT name to its sportier SUV models in China, where it also offers a five-seat Kodiaq GT that features a more sloping roofline. Measuring in at 4,490mm in length and 1,606mm in height, the new Kamiq GT is 19mm longer and 13mm taller than the regular Kamiq. Its width remains unchanged at 1,781mm, as does its wheelbase of 2,610mm. In comparison to the European Kamiq model, the Chinese Kamiq is longer by approximately 15 cm, and the GT by a further 2cm.
The look of the Kamiq GT's face is quite different from the model on sale in Europe, which features thin LED daytime running lights that are separate to the main headlight units. In the Kamiq GT, the headlights are all one unit, which arguably looks nicer. New LED daytime running lights emphasise the sense of width, as does the bold front grille and lower bumper section. Slimmer black plastic trim around the sills and wheel arches mean a sportier look for the Kamiq GT.
The contrasting black roof is highlighted further by a metallic finish around the C-pillar and lower window frame section. That brightwork repeats in the lower section of the front and rear bumpers. Its flanks have a taut look with a heavy crease running along the car's shoulder line and, around the rear, the Skoda named is spelled out across the tailgate. The rear lights feature the signature C-shape design that is found across the Skoda range, and the crystalline structures of the light detail are similar to that seen in many of the brand's newer models. As standard, the Kamiq GT will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels.
Two versions and connectivity galore
In China, the Kamiq GT will be sold in two specification grades, called Ambition and Style. With connectivity being such a big part of society, the Kamiq GT features an infotainment system the uses an eight-inch display with smartphone mirroring via Baidu CarLife, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Additionally, a WiFi hotspot can be specified to ensure round-the-clock connectivity. Other standard items include a rear-view camera and parking sensors.
A sporty interior with customisation options
High-backed and heavily bolstered sport seats feature the GT logo in the headrests and vibrant horizontal striping along the centre in addition to contrasting stitching. The colours carry through to the dashboard fascia inserts that include GT badging. Buyers will have the option of adding a panoramic glass roof and will also be able to choose different colours for the contrasting roof that includes silver roof rails.
Two petrol engines
The Skoda Kamiq GT will be available with two petrol engines when it goes on sale. The first is a 1.5-litre MPI unit that produces 111hp and a maximum torque output of 145Nm, coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox. A second 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine produces 115hp and slightly more torque at 200Nm and sends power to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.