Skoda has officially unveiled its newest vehicle for the Indian market. Christened as Kushaq, the all-new mid-size SUV will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and the likes. The Kushaq is the first car to be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform. It is also the first vehicle under the Volkswagen Group’s India 2.0 strategy that Skoda is heading in India. The same platform will spawn a host of vehicles in the future.
Skoda has not announced the price of the all-new Kushaq today. However, it will get a competitive price tag that will be around Rs 10 lakhs. The price announcement will happen later this year. Skoda is yet to announce the exact launch date of the vehicle.
The all-new Skoda Kushaq is based on the VISION IN concept that was showcased last year in India. It gets a very modern design with split headlamps at the front but it is designed differently. The Kushaq gets all-LED headlamps with integrated LED DRL. The fog lamps are located just below the main headlamp cluster.
From the side, the Skoda Kushaq looks very clean. There are two strong creases that give a character to the vehicle. It looks like a mini version of the Kodiaq. The 10-spoke alloy wheels make the vehicle look much more premium. The rear gets sleek LED tail lamps. The Kushaq also gets a skid plate in the rear that makes look much more rugged.
From the inside, the Kushaq gets a free-standing 10-inch infotainment system. The dashboard looks quite plush and it gets a lot of intelligent features too. There is ambient lighting, door sill lights, mobile pockets, wireless phone charger, ventilated front seats and a lot of space to keep your knick-knacks around. Talking about safety, Skoda will offer a range of active and passive safety options. It offers six airbags, ISOFIX hooks for child seats, ABS, EBD, and many more such features. There is no panoramic sunroof available with the Kushaq though unlike the Creta and even the Tata Harrier.
As Volkswagen Group has dumped the diesel engine options completely, Skoda will use two petrol engine options for the Kushaq. There will be 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol that generates a maximum power of 110 PS and a peak torque of 175 Nm. Skoda will offer a 6-speed manual with this engine option. The more powerful engine is the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol that generates a maximum power of around 150 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. It will offer a 7-speed DSG DQ200 automatic and a six-speed manual transmission.
Skoda will offer the Kushaq in five colour options. However, there is no information available on the bookings or the price announcement dates yet. Since the car is ready for production, the Kushaq is likely to be launched in the coming few weeks in India.