Launched on July 28, the Skoda Kushaq was off to a pretty good start with over 10,000 bookings with a couple of months of launch. However, over the time, the compact SUV has been facing EPC issues. Last month, Skoda Auto India declared that it has finally found a solution to this issue by replacing the fuel pump with a more ‘robust’ unit. However, in spite of this, several owners are still facing EPC errors. All this has definitely earned the Hyundai Creta-rival a bad name and several social media users have been vocal about cancelling their bookings and opting for a rival car instead. Now, though, it has come to light that several Skoda dealerships have started offering discounts of up to Rs 1 lakh in order to ensure that their cash counter stays busy.
As per a prospective buyer, a dealership in Chennai is offering benefits of Rs 1 lakh as a part of its festive scheme. With this, the Skoda Kushaq is being sold with a cash discount of Rs 40,000, an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000, a corporate discount of Rs 15,000 and free insurance worth Rs 15,000. All this put together amounts to Rs 1 lakh for the automatic variant.
It is noteworthy here that even though Skoda has voluntarily replaced the fuel pumps of most of the vehicles sold so far, several Skoda Kushaq owners continue to report EPC issues. From this, it’s clear that switching to a different fuel pump is clearly not the end of the EPC problem. This clearly implies that Skoda is still unaware of the exact problem and its solution. This is strange considering that Skoda Auto India is a part of the VW Group, which is an automotive giant like none other.
Introduced at the end of July, the Skoda Kushaq is available in a price range of Rs 10.49 lakh to Rs 17.59 lakh (ex-showroom). The first car to be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform takes on the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. It’s on sale in two engine variants – 1.0-litre TSI petrol and 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol. The first of these two outputs a maximum of 115 PS of power and 175 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque-converter automatic. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre mill is available with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG.