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Skoda Kushaq launch timeline confirmed: Will rival Kia Seltos

Skoda has been teasing the Kushaq mid-size SUV for quite some time. They have already unveiled the SUV. However, till now they have not unveiled the prices of the Kushaq. Now, the manufacturer has revealed the launch timeline of the new SUV. Zac Hollis, Brand Director – Sales, Service and Marketing, Skoda Auto India confirmed the timeline on Twitter when he said, the Kushaq will launch by end of June’21. He also confirmed that the deliveries of the Kushaq will start in July.

The Kushaq is the first product under Skoda’s INDIA 2.0 strategy. It will be entering the mid-size SUV segment which is a very competitive segment. It will be going against the likes of Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. The Kushaq is expected to start from Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom.

Due to this stiff competition, Skoda has designed the SUV in such a way that it appeals to everyone. So, you would notice that it brings in a lot of design cues from its elder sibling, the Kodiaq. Skoda is also offering a lot of features with the Kushaq because they want to attract a lot of people.

The Kushaq is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform which is a localized version of the MQB-A0 platform which underpins a lot of vehicles of Skoda in the international market. A localized platform has been developed so that they can reduce production costs by setting future models also on the same MQB-A0-IN platform. For instance, the upcoming sedan which will be unveiled by the end of this year is also based on the same platform.

The Skoda Kushaq will measure around 4,200 mm in length. It will have a wheelbase of 2,651 mm which is one of the best in the segment. This wheelbase should also help in liberating cabin space for the occupants. So, there should be enough legroom for all the people sitting in the SUV.

Skoda will be offering the Kushaq two petrol engine options. There will be no diesel engine offered with the Kushaq. There will be a 1.0-litre TSI engine and a 1.5-litre TSI engine. Both of which are carried forwarded from other Volkswagen-Skoda vehicles.

The 1.0-litre TSI is already being used on the Volkswagen Polo GT, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid. The engine produces 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 is being used on the Volkswagen T-Roc and the Skoda Karoq. The engine produces 150 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The Kushaq will offer a lot of features like automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, ventilated front seats, automatic LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED Taillamps, rain-sensing wipers, tyre pressure monitoring system, ambient lighting, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and much more.