Skoda launched the Kushaq in the Indian market and it has received a fairly good response. The SUV was able to gather 2,000 bookings. The deliveries of the Kushaq will be starting from July 12th while the people who opted for the 1.5-litre TSI engine would have to wait till August. Kushaq has already started arriving at dealerships for test drives. However, the test drives of 1.5 TSI will also start in August.
Skoda says that the people who booked the Kushaq have been given an exact delivery date. They have also headstart the production to avoid long waiting periods. This will be an advantage to Skoda over the competitors. The Kushaq will be going against the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Renault Duster, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun.
Skoda is also offering benefits such as 4 years/1 lakh km warranty which can be extended up to 6 years / 1.5 lakh km. There is also a 2-year warranty on battery and parts, roadside assistance that can be extended up to 9 years, a 6-year corrosion warranty and a 3-year warranty on paint.
Variants and colour options
The Kushaq is being offered in five colour options. There are Tornado Red, Reflex Silver, Honey Orange, Carbon Steel and Candy White. Skoda offers the Kushaq in three variants, namely Active, Ambition and Style. There are rumours that Skoda will also introduce a new top-end trim that will be called Monte Carlo.
Engine and transmission
The Kushaq is offered with a 1.0-litre TSI engine that produces 115 PS of max power and 178 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The base Active variant is only offered with a manual gearbox while the Style and Ambition variant is offered with automatic transmission.
There is also a more powerful 1.5-litre TSI engine that produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. This engine is only available with the Style variant.
The Kushaq starts at Rs. 10.49 lakhs ex-showroom and the top-end variant costs Rs. 17.49 lakhs ex-showroom. The most affordable automatic variant will cost you Rs. 14.19 lakhs ex-showroom while the 1.5 TSI starts at Rs. 16.19 lakhs ex-showroom.
Prices cannot be dropped
Zac Hollis, Director – Sales, Service & Marketing at ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd. recently explained over Twitter, why the prices of the Kushaq cannot be dropped. He said that they do not have a naked Kushaq that can be sold at a much cheaper price. Even the base Active variant comes equipped with a lot of equipment.
People often buy the base variant thinking that they saved money but then they opt for aftermarket accessories. They can opt for the aftermarket accessories like infotainment systems and power windows but they cannot install on safety tech from aftermarket shops. Even the base variant comes with Multi Collision Braking, Electronic Differential Lock, Anti-Slip Regulation, Brake Disc Wiping, Roll Over Mitigation, dual airbags, Stability Control, Anti-lock braking system and Electronic Brake Distribution.