The much-awaited and earlier unveiled mid-size SUV from Skoda, the Kushaq, is likely to launch in June 2021. The Creta-rival from the Czech maker is, in a way, a make-or-break product for this second-innings of the carmaker in India. Since so much is riding on the Kushaq, Skoda has made sure to take care of everything. This includes the heavy levels of localization with the SUV, along with an Indianized MQB A0 IN platform, that it co-developed with Volkswagen. This enables Skoda to keep the prices of the Kushaq in check. In addition to that, Skoda has also focused on enhancing the customer experience by opening a new dealership and service centre network. This will improve the customer ownership experience. Now, the images show the production-ready version of the Kushaq, which is set to hit the showrooms anytime in June 2021, with the deliveries likely to begin the month after. Let us see what the Skoda Kushaq comes equipped with.
Skoda Kushaq – Exterior Highlights
Skoda has ensured that the Kushaq follows the latest design language of the brand which is making bold, modern and typically Skoda cars. This means that the Kushaq features a very bold and muscular exterior with a typical butterfly front grille, split crystalline LED headlamps with LED DRLs, a chunky bumper with skid plates and an upright stance. The sharp creases all around make it unmistakably Skoda and the sides are accentuated by 17-inch dual-tone alloys, practical roof rails and sporty. At the rear, the LED tail lamps around the corners make the car look wider, the skid plates under the rear bumper, the chrome strip running across the width of the SUV makes the rear modern and sophisticated. The Kushaq will also have one of the longest wheelbase in the segment which will translate into a spacious cabin.
Skoda Kushaq – Interiors, Features and Safety
Skoda is also known for its high-quality materials and clever features. This includes a free-standing 10-inch Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Connected Car Tech with a ton of features, pre-installed Apps, Wireless charging, Automatic Climate Control with touch inputs, two-spoke multi-purpose Steering Wheel, White Ambient Lighting, LED Reading Lights, chrome-plated Door handles, chrome bits at various places inside the cabin, 6-speakers Skoda Audio System with extra subwoofer in the Spare Wheel well and much more. The special Skoda simply clever bits include a non-slip base in a cup holder, a ticket holder on A-Pillar, bag hooks in the boot, a phone box in the front for the smartphone and smartphone storage pockets on the front seatbacks.
On the safety front, the Kushaq comes equipped with 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD and ESC, Hill-Hold Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Multi-Collision Brake, Three-point Seatbelt, Front and rear parking sensors with Camera and much more.
Skoda Kushaq – Engines, Transmissions, Rivals and Expected Prices
The Skoda Kushaq will share the VW’s legendary TSI Turbo Petrol engines. This includes the 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine, making 115 PS and 175 Nm and its bigger sibling, the 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol unit making 150 PS and 250 Nm. Complementing the 1.0-litre engine will be a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The larger 1.5-litre unit will come mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG (DCT) gearbox. The expected prices of the Skoda Kushaq will be in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh, ex-showroom. The direct rivals include Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector and Tata Harrier.
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