Skoda Kushaq launch timeline unveiled: Will rival Hyundai Creta

Skoda is preparing to launch new vehicles for its portfolio as per India 2.0 strategy. They will be launching the Kushaq mid-size SUV which is a mid-size SUV, the Octavia executive sedan and a new sedan that will sit above the Rapid. Zac Hollis, Brand Director – Sales, Service and Marketing, Skoda Auto India has tweeted that Skoda will be launching the Kushaq in June and the deliveries will start in July.

The full specifications and the pricing of the Kushaq will be revealed in June and the bookings for the SUV will also be opened in June. The Kushaq’s price is expected to start from Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom. There will be three variants on offer namely Ambition, Active and Style. The Kushaq will be going against Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun.

The mid-size SUV segment is already a very competitive segment in our country. So, Skoda knows that they would have to price the Kushaq competitively, offer loads of features, ample cabin space and good engines. Fortunately, Skoda knows this and is taking steps in the right direction. While we do not know the price of the Kushaq, we do know the features and engine options.

The Kushaq is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform which has allowed Skoda to offer one of the best wheelbases in the segment. The Kushaq has a wheelbase of 2,651 mm and it will measure around 4,200 mm. This should liberate a good amount of legroom in the cabin.

The Kushaq will be offered with two petrol engine options and there will be no diesel on offer. There will be a 1.0-litre three-cylinder, TSI petrol engine and a more powerful 1.5-litre four-cylinder, TSI petrol engine.

The 1.0-litre TSI will produce 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. This is the same engine that we have seen on the Volkswagen Polo GT, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.

The 1.5-litre will produce 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DQ200 DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This is the same engine that is doing duty on the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-Roc.

Now, let’s come to the features and equipment level. As standard, Skoda will offer an Anti-lock braking system, Electronic brake distribution, driver and co-passenger airbags and Electronic stability control. There will be up to 6 airbags, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill hold assist, multi-collision braking system, rear parking sensors and much more.

There will also be loads of features on the Kushaq. It will come with a multi-information display, rear parking camera, ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control, LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps and a lot more. There will also be a floating 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will come with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Skoda Play App support, six speakers and a subwoofer. Unfortunately, there is a panoramic sunroof on the Kushaq instead it comes with an electric sunroof.