Skoda Kushaq: New pictures of compact SUV surface ahead of launch

Skoda is gearing up for the launch of their new mid-size SUV. The Kushaq will be the first product under INDIA 2.0 strategy. It will be launching in the second half of June with deliveries starting in July. The new mid-size SUV has been spied once again that too without camouflage. The pictures have been shared by Bhuraram Choudhary.

The design of the Kushaq has been inspired by the Vision IN Concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The Kushaq is specifically made with the Indian market in mind. Skoda has worked hard to achieve a localization rate of over 95 percent.

The manufacturer is using the MQB A0 IN platform which is derived from the MQB A0 platform that is used to underpin a lot of vehicles in the international market. The new platform will also be used Volkswagen products and an upcoming new sedan that will be positioned above the Rapid. This will help in cutting the manufacturing costs which should, in turn, help Skoda in pricing the Kushaq aggressively as it is important because the mid-size segment is very competitive.

Because of the MQB A0 IN platform, the Kushaq has one of the segment-leading wheelbases. The wheelbase of Kushaq measures 2,651 mm. The wheelbase of the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun will also be the same because they will be using the same platform and even the same underpinnings such as engine and transmission.

The Kushaq would have to go against a lot of vehicles that belong to different price segments. It would go against the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Nissan Kicks, Mahindra Scorpio and the Renault Duster. Then there would be the proper mid-size SUVs like Hyundai Creta, the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and the Kia Seltos. Finally, there would be some larger SUVs such as the MG hector and the Tata Harrier. The Kushaq’s price is expected to start at Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom and go up to Rs. 18 lakhs ex-showroom.

The design of the Kushaq looks very striking and modern. It still comes with Skoda’s butterfly grille that sits between the sleek headlamps which come with LED projector units and LED Daytime Running Lamps. The fog lamps are not placed in the traditional fog lamp housing instead they are placed right below the headlamp and are halogen units. There is also a three-piece faux skid plate in the front bumper.

From the side, we can see that the Kushaq has more of a crossover stance rather than a full SUV. It gets new 5-spoke alloy wheels which are precision-cut. There is Skoda badging on the front fender and a chrome belt that runs across the window. It also comes with roof rails that are expected to be there for cosmetic purposes only. At the rear, we have an LED tail lamp which has a similar design to the new-gen Octavia.

The Kushaq will be available with a 1.0-litre TSI 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 will produce 150 PS and 250 Nm. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 1.0-litre TSI will get a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox while the 1.5-litre TSI will get a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.