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Animal Lovers, Rejoice! Vegan Car Interior On Its Way

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Thanks to a new material called Suedia.

Most car interiors feature a similar array of materials-cloth, plastic, aluminum, piano black glossy surfaces, and leather. The further you go upmarket, the fancier the materials in the cabin become, with wood, Alcantara, and carbon fiber being the main culprits (although the new Rolls-Royce Phantom even lets you insert artwork). While most people's preferences on interior materials develop through aesthetic or practical reasons, some people chose based on morals. For those who wish to live a fully vegan lifestyle, for example, leather is a no-go. Some automakers have already introduced synthetic replacements that mimic leather: Toyota implemented SofTex on the Prius, a faux-leather called Artico has featured across the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class ranges, and the flashy white interior on the Tesla Model X is actually synthetic leather.

Now a new player is entering the fray: Volkswagen-owned Skoda has revealed the interior of its upcoming Kamiq SUV, and with it a new microfibre material called Suedia.

While a leather option will still be on the table, buyers can pay extra to replace it with this vegan material. The singular image that Skoda released also displays the gigantic 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit that sticks out of the dashboard, while LED ambient lighting and a heated steering wheel, rear seats, and windshield give the Kamiq an upscale persona.

Skoda has also revealed that the Kamiq will have a spacious trunk for its class, some 400 liters or approximately 14 cubic feet.

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The Kamiq is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show in March, and will be closely related to the Seat Arona and VW T-Cross. Like its platform-mates, the Kamiq will not reach US shores, presumably deemed too small for American tastes. Additionally, front-wheel-drive and a series of tiny four-cylinders would likely cause the Kamiq to flounder on American highways. This is a shame, as the sketches Skoda has shown so far suggest the Kamiq will be a strikingly designed crossover.