Skoda has made running tweaks to the Kamiq range in Australia in response to global production issues.
The 2022 Skoda Kamiq small SUV lineup now starts with the $32,990 110TSI Ambition. The change is partly due to the global semiconductor shortage that has affected the Czech marque’s production schedule.
However, it isn’t bad news as the new entry grade packs a more powerful 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine instead of the 1L three-pot in the 85TSI. Meanwhile, the driveaway prices for the upper spec Kamiq models have climbed by $1,000.
Outputs are up to 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque from 85kW/200Nm. Fuel consumption climbs slightly to 5.6L/100km on the combined cycle compared to 5L/100km for the three-pot.
The engine was already offered in the Kamiq 110TSI Monte Carlo (now $37,990 driveaway) but is now more attainable. Skoda offers the Ambition with a six-speed manual transmission from $32,990 driveaway. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic brings the price up to $34,990 on the road.
The rest of the specification is more generous than the 85TSI model, with 18-inch alloy wheels, sweeping animated indicators, LED headlights, keyless entry, digital driver’s display, 8-inch touchscreen, wireless charging, a leather-appointed flat-bottom steering wheel and rear power tailgate.
Safety equipment includes frontal AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, seven airbags, rear parking sensors and driver attention warning.
Naturally, Skoda’s ‘simply clever’ features are included. These extend to an umbrella hidden in the door, clever storage solutions and a parking ticket holder on the windscreen.
Moving up the range to the Monte Carlo brings a sportier suspension tune and 15mm lower ride height, switchable drive modes, panoramic sunroof and black exterior trim. The Monte Carlo is available exclusively with the dual-clutch transmission.
With the 2022 model year update, Skoda has replaced the Kamiq Launch Edition with the new Signature grade for $38,990 driveaway.
The Signature moves back to the standard suspension setup but brings a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile, the front seats are electrically adjustable and heated with leather and suede-cloth upholstery.
Additionally, the Signature gets blind-spot monitoring, front parking sensors and auto parking to bolster the safety suite.
It is possible to add the travel pack to the Monte Carlo ($4,300) that brings the technology package in line with the range-topping Signature without sacrificing the sportier handling.
Skoda Australia has updated service pricing for the Kamiq range. The marque now offers prepaid service packages; three-years/45,000km costs $800, while the five-year/75,000km package is $1,400.
National driveway prices are listed below
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