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Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo 2020 to arrive in Q2 next year


Skoda’s incoming Kamiq SUV will arrive with a range-topping Monte Carlo variant when it touches down in Australia in Q2 next year.

Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Kamiq Monte Carlo adds a little sporting intent to Skoda’s new Mazda CX-3 rival, which will sit below the Karoq and Kodiaq when it arrives in Australia.

The Monte Carlo version of the Kamiq is designed to honour the brand's motorsport history, and in particular rally, with “sportier” styling designed to lure younger buyers,.

“The black Monte Carlo elements... emphasise this unique character and make the SUV even more appealing for a younger target group. A sportier appearance that references our successful rally cars and the practicality of a clever city CUV are the perfect combination here,” says Skoda design chief, Oliver Stefani.

Outside, the Monte Carlo adds gloss black details on the grille and the bumper, while the mirrors, roof trails and side sills are dressed in black, too. The alloys are bespoke 17-inch numbers, and tinted windows, a sunroof and LED taillights all arrive as standard.

Inside, expect sports seats with a bespoke trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and LED ambient lighting.

Built on the VW's MQB platform, the Kamiq measures 4251mm long, 1793mm, 1531mm tall and sits on a 2651mm wheelbase, and the new SUV promises to be all kinds of practical, with a 400-litre boot that expands to the 1395L with the second row folded flat.

While international cars are offered with five powertrain options, Australian cars are expected to arrive fitted with the same three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine featured in the VW T-Cross. That engine, which produces 85kW and 200Nm, will be paired with a seven-speed DSG automatic.