Skoda finally showcased the much-awaited Kushaq for the Indian market. Kushaq is a mid-size SUV that will be competing against the MG Hector, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks and the Tata Harrier. The Kushaq is based on the Vision IN Concept that was showcased to us at the Auto Expo 2020. The SUV was recently spotted without any camouflage being tested on the international roads. We can see that the SUV in the spy shot is finished in Candy white colour. The Kushaq will also be offered in Reflex Silver and Carbon Steel. There are also two new colours that are exclusively made for India, namely, Honey Orange and Tornado Red.
From the spy pics, we can see that the angular LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps and the the fog lamps are placed just below the headlamp rather than being in the lower half of the bumper. It also gets Skoda’s butterfly grille, which gets a chrome surround. The five spoke alloy wheels have been painted black with Skoda hub in the centre removed. From the side profile, we can clearly see the mid-size SUV traits of the Kushaq. It gets roof rails and an electric sunroof too. At the rear, there are angular LED tail lamps with Skoda lettering across the boot. It also gets a faux skid plate at the front and at the rear. Overall the new SUV does look quite good and falls in line with other Skoda SUVs.
The mid-size SUV segment is known to offer a lot of equipment and Kushaq is no different. It comes with automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, wireless phone charger, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, mobile pockets, ambient lighting, cruise control and much more. There is also a multi-function two-spoke steering wheel just like we have seen on the new generation Skoda Octavia which will also be launching soon in the Indian market.
There will be quite a lot of safety equipment as standard. It will come with ABS with EBD, top-tether anchor points, dual airbags, ISOFIX mounts, rear parking sensors and electronic stability program as standard. You could also opt for the side and curtain airbags, making the total count to 6 airbags. It will also come with hill-hold control, tyre pressure monitoring system, tyre pressure monitoring system and multi-collision braking also.
Powering the Kushaq will be two engine and two transmissions. There will be the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI petrol engine that churns out 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual as standard. Although, you can get a 7-speed Dual-Clutch DSG DQ200 automatic gearbox with it. Then there will be the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI petrol engine that produces 115 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 175 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Prices of the Skoda Kushaq are not yet announced, but it should start from Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 18 lakhs for the top-end variant. The Kushaq will be offered in three variants namely, Active, Ambition and Style.