The production of the Skoda Kushaq has been commenced before the launch, just like the Octavia whose production commenced way ahead of the launch. The Kushaq is expected to be launched in June, probably by the end. The delivery of the Kushaq will begin in early July, in preparation for this, the company has started the production of the C-SUV.
Skoda Kushaq will be the first SUV from the VW group’s India 2.0 project. The car will be based on VW’s MQB-A0-IN platform which underpins the VW Taigun. The Kushaq will be built on the new production line in Chakan, Pune which will accommodate 95% of locally produced parts. This is to target a low service and ownership cost which makes it competitive in the market.
Skoda Kushaq Design
The Kushaq looks very similar to the Skoda Vision IN concept which was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. It retains the brand’s trademark grille that is surrounded in chrome, with a dual headlight setup with LED DRL’s. It gets body cladding on the lower parts of the door and around the wheel arches. The top variants get 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. At the rear, there is a faux silver diffuser, roof-mounted spoiler and a LED taillights with prominent crystalline elements.
The Kushaq will have a quality interior with some premium touches. It gets a two-spoke steering wheel with knurled scroll buttons mounted. It gets free-standing 10-inch touchscreen infotainment with connected car tech, touch panel for the AC controls, in-car wifi, ambient lighting, ventilated seats and sunroof to name a few features. Skoda promises not to compromise on safety with heavy localization of parts. It gets the ESC as standard for all variants, 6 airbags, ISOFIX child mounts, tyre pressure monitor, auto headlamps and wipers, hill start assists and multi-collision braking.
Under the hood, the Kushaq will feature two petrol engines a 1.0L TSI and a powerful 1.5L TSI. The 1.0L 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine will make 115bhp and 175nm of torque. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and an optional 6-speed torque converter auto. The bigger engine is 4-cylinder turbo petrol which makes 150bhp and 250nm of torque. This also gets the 6-speed manual transmission as standard but an optional 7-speed dual-clutch (DSG) gearbox.
The Skoda Kushaq is expected to priced between Rs. 10lakh to 16lakh ex-showroom. The Kushaq when launched will rival some of the popular SUV’s in the marketlike Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, MG Hector, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier and when launched the sister company (VW) Taigun.