The Kushaq is one of the most-awaited launches for Skoda Auto India. It is their first product under the INDIA 2.0 strategy. The manufacturer has just announced that they have completed the road testing of the Kushaq in India. They will be launching the Kushaq in June with the deliveries starting in July.
Skoda India says that they have covered more than 17 lakh kilometres in the Kushaq across India. They have tested the new mid-size SUV in various different climate conditions and traffic conditions. They have tested the Kushaq in scorching heats of Rajasthan, sub-zero temperatures of the Himalayas and Nilgiri mountains. They have also tested the Kushaq in urban conditions where you would find a lot of traffic such as Mumbai and its outskirts. All these tests ensure that the new vehicle is able to perform in all conditions and the consumers do not face any issue when it is finally launched in the country.
Skoda says that they have given special attention to the different scenarios that the Kushaq could face in the real world. So, they have tested it over bad dirt roads, heavy monsoons and road floods. After these tests, the placement of the horn was moved from behind the radiator grille to behind the front bumper.
The manufacturer says that they have also stress tested the clutch of the Kushaq because Indian drivers usually don’t like changing gears frequently and keep the vehicle in the second gear when driving slowly in traffic. So, the clutch of the Kushaq has been tested heavily in heavy traffic conditions.
The interior of the Kushaq has also been designed while keeping the Indian market in mind. You would have seen that in most of the cars, there would be some kind of talisman placed in the centre of the dashboard. Skoda has made a special place for the talisman in the centre of the dashboard.
Skoda also worked on reducing the transmission tunnel that robs away the foot space for the rear occupants. As the transmission tunnel is low the third passenger sitting in between would have a bit more foot space. So, all three occupants at the back would be able to sit more comfortably.
The manufacturer made a dedicated development workshop and technical centre for the Kushaq. The new development centre is located in Pune and is responsible to test Kushaq’s electronics, acoustic properties and other field tests.
Volkswagen’s upcoming Taigun is also being tested here as it also shares the same underpinnings as the Kushaq. Both the mid-size SUVs share the same platform, engine, transmission and some other bits and pieces.
Both the vehicles will be offered with a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. The 1.0-litre TSI will produce 115 PS and 175 Nm whereas the 1.5-litre TSI would produce 150 PS and 250 Nm. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 1.0-litre TSI will also be offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox while the 15-litre TSI will be offered with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.