SUV compacto será apresentado em março, durante o Salão de Genebra

A Skoda, marca tcheca que produz versões mais baratas dos carros da Volkswagen, continua a antecipar a apresentação do Kamiq, SUV compacto primo do VW T-Cross. Desta vez, o crossover aparece em um esboço que adianta um pouco de suas linhas e que revela que será totalmente diferente do modelo de mesmo nome que já existe na China. Será revelado em março, no Salão de Genebra (Suíça).

O Skoda Kamiq terá algumas diferenças em relação aos seus irmãos maiores, Karoq e Kodiaq, adotando faróis exclusivos com uma linha superior para os LEDs de iluminação diurna. Pela primeira vez em um carro da marca, os DRL ficam posicionados acima dos faróis normais, da mesma forma que o Hyundai Kona, um de seus adversários no segmento na Europa.

Galeria: Skoda Kamiq - Teaser

Como é de praxe em esboços de design como este, o Kamiq desenhado tem rodas grandes, portas sem maçanetas e linhas exageradas, que deixam o SUV bem melhor do que ele realmente será. O comunicado para imprensa menciona um spoiler dianteiro prateado e como ele "realça o visual off-road do modelo" mas, como até mesmo a Skoda está chamando o Kamiq de "SUV urbano", dificilmente os seus donos irão levar o carro para a terra. Ainda mais porque ele será vendido somente com tração dianteira, da mesma forma que seus primeiros Volkswagen T-Cross e Seat Arona.

O Skoda Kamiq fará sua estreia no dia 5 de março, durante a abertura do Salão de Genebra.

Fonte: Skoda

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The ŠKODA KAMIQ SUV is another car speaking – and adding new accents to – the ŠKODA design language. The most striking new feature is the horizontally split headlights.

Oliver Stefani, ŠKODA Chief Designer said: “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 ŠKODA. They give the KAMIQ a unique appearance and represent another interpretation of our successful SUV design language.”

Another bold component on the fascia is the broad grille featuring the double ribbing common to all ŠKODA SUVs. The side profile will reveal the high bonnet and balanced proportions of the entire car, while highlighting the new model’s dynamic and sporty concept. 

The rear lights will retain the C-shape – the tell-tale sign of a ŠKODA, but this will be freshly interpreted. An eye-catching feature on the fifth door will be the ŠKODA name in letters in the centre. The new ŠKODA KAMIQ, an urban crossover, will be making its world première at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The sketches of the ŠKODA KAMIQ you are looking at were drawn by Antti Mikael Savio, a ŠKODA Design team member. Read the exclusive interview he gave to ŠKODA Storyboard.

How important is sketching in the design process?
It’s an essential part of the design process. Every car design starts on paper, which is the fastest way to communicate. When we sketch, we transfer an idea into a visual shape. This hints at what is about to happen to the brand identity.

What does every proper car design sketch need to have?
It needs to have a clear idea, emotion, and should propose some new design features. The key elements are harmony and desirable proportions. The sketch has to inspire people into wanting what it represents as a final product. 

What is specific about car sketching compared to other kinds of sketching?
In my opinion, there is little difference between car sketching and drawing other things. The aim of a sketch is to capture the essence. The nub of a car sketch is to bring something unexpected and new to the field of car design, and you can also see those same rules in almost any other art form.

What does sketching mean to you?
It’s like breathing! It’s the most natural way for me to express myself.

Did sketching bring you to car design, or did cars lead you to design and sketching?
Hard to say. They came together. I’ve always sketched cars, ever since I was a little boy...

What inspires you in your sketching?
I would say music and beautiful objects. Sometimes something as simple as an inspiring conversation can do the trick!