Skoda is gearing up to launch their new mid-size SUV known as Kushaq. It will be launching in June with deliveries starting in July. The Kushaq will be available in two engine options and two gearbox options. One of which will be the DQ200 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This transmission has had a bad rep of having failures in the past. However, when a Twitter user asked that if the DQ200 will be reliable or not. Zac Hollis, Skoda’s director of Sales, Service & Marketing tweeted that the engines and the gearboxes have been fully tested for millions of kilometres on Indian roads.
All engines and gearboxes for Kushaq will be reliable and have been fully tested for millions of kilometers on Indian roads.
— Zac Hollis (@Zac_Hollis_) May 25, 2021
The Kushaq will be offered two petrol engines. There will be no diesel engine on offer. There will be a 1.0-litre TSI and a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. The 10-litre TSI will produce 115 PS of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre TSI will produce 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
This is the same 7-speed gearbox that has been in news because of numerous failures. The DQ200 is a dry clutch gearbox. Some reports say that the DQ200 gearbox failed because it used synthetic oil. Now, synthetic oil contains sulphur, which can get heated in stop and go traffic and eventually the sulphur starts getting deposited due to the electrolysis that happens.
This sulphur hampered the electronics of the vehicle and the ECU detects a short circuit due to which it cuts off the clutch. Because of this, the driver is not able to shift the car in the ‘Drive’ mode. Volkswagen solved this issue by shifting to a mineral-based oil that does not have sulphur in it. For most of the owners, this solved the issue. Remember Skoda is a subsidiary of Volkswagen. The reports also suggest that if you have a vehicle with a DQ200 gearbox, then you should replace the transmission oil frequently so that different weather and traffic conditions do not affect the oil.
However, according to Zac, the issue has been resolved and the transmission along with the engine has been tested extensively. So, the buyers of Kushaq with the DQ200 gearbox should not face any issue if the vehicle is maintained properly. We would just have to wait for the official comment from the manufacturers on how they made the gearbox reliable and solved the issue.
Another thing to note is that the same engine and transmission combination will be used in the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun which is also a mid-size SUV. It will also share the same underpinnings and the platform as the Skoda Kushaq. Both the SUVs will be based on the MQB-AO-IN platform that has been specifically designed for our country. It is a heavily localized version of the MQB-AO platform that underpins a lot of vehicles in the international market.