Skoda is all set to launch its locally developed C segment SUV, the Kushaq in July 2021. Initially, it was revealed in March and it was expected to launch soon. With the second wave of the Pandemic, we can expect a delay. It is confirmed that the midsize SUV will be launched in June 2021 and will reach the showrooms by July 2021. We can also expect the Volkswagen Taigun’s launch to be pushed by a similar timeframe. It was planned for August 2021, now it could be September or October.
Skoda Kushaq design
On the outside, the Kushaq has a very unique and unmistakable Skoda grille. A split LED headlamp and unique fog lamp placement give it a touch of modernity. Other bits like LED taillamps, roof-mounted spoiler, silver skid plates add a rugged character to the car. The exterior is mostly derived from Skoda’s Vision IN concept which was showcased earlier.
The interior has a minimalistic look with the quality which feels premium for the upmarket feel. It gets a 10.0-inch touch infotainment system which includes both Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. An electronic Sunroof with ventilated front seats, ambient lighting for the cabin, cooled glovebox to name a few features. On the safety side, it includes ISOFIX child seat mounts, multi-collision braking system, ESC on all variants, tyre pressure monitor and hill hold assist as optional.
The Skoda Kushaq will be offered in two engine options, one is the existing 3-cylinder 1.0L turbo-petrol engine which has 115BHP. The other is the 4-cylinder 1.5L turbo petrol engine which churns out 150BHP for some enthusiasts out there. Both motors are mated to either 6-speed manual but the 1.0L gets the 6-speed torque convertor and the 1.5L motor gets the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Once the Kushaq is launched it will go against the Volkswagen Taigun, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, MG Hector and the Tata Harrier. The pricing is expected to be around 10L to 16L ex-showroom.