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Skoda Kamiq SUV revealed ahead of Geneva debut

The first design sketches of Skoda's upcoming Kamiq SUV have been released ahead of the vehicle's official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

To date, we've only glimpsed the city SUV's silhouette in darkened teaser images, but these new sketches give us our first proper look at the Czech brand's new Kamiq.

We now know, for example, that the Kamiq will feature Skoda's first split headlight design, with an LED DRL sitting in clear air above the headlights.

Skoda says its newest model will be "defined by a wide, upright radiator grille, which comes with double slats", and the sketches certainly show a tall and proud front-end, framed in this case by massive wheels unlikely to make the finished product.

“In our new Kamiq city SUV we’ve implemented a completely new headlamp configuration. The two-part headlamps with daytime running lights above are a first for Skoda. They give the Kamiq a unique appearance and represent another interpretation of our successful SUV design language,” says Skoda chief designer, Oliver Stefani.

That name, by the way, is taken from the language of the Inuit people of Canada and Greenland, and it translates to a description of something that "fits as perfectly as a second skin in every situation", and is actually a nameplate already used in China.

It also fits within Skoda's existing naming conventions, given all of its SUV nameplates start with a K and end with a Q.

Skoda is keeping the other details of the new model, built on VW’s MQB A0 platform, tightly under wraps for now, but is promising it will offer “state-of-the-art assistance systems, fresh design and many Simply Clever features”.

Reports suggest the new model won’t stray too far from the brand’s Vision X concept. Those reports suggest the new crossover will deliver a 2645mm wheelbase, meaning more interior space than its VW stablemate, the T-Roc.

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