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Skoda Kushaq Scout: What the off-road ready version of the SUV will look like

You might remember the Skoda Kodiaq Scout which was a bit more sporty and off-road looking variant of the regular Kodiaq SUV. Well, here is a rendering of the Kushaq with the same design language on the Kodiaq Scout. The rendering artist is SRK Designs and the video has been uploaded on YouTube on his channel.

The artist calls the new creation, the Kushaq Scout which seems accurate. The artist starts with a normal Kushaq. The rendering has been finished in Forest Green colour which gives the Kushaq a more adventurous look. The faux skid plate has now been extended across the width of the front. The faux air intakes are identical to the stock Kushaq. At the side, there are now larger diamond-cut alloy wheels that we saw on the Kodiaq Scout back when it was on sale in India.

The Skoda badging on the fender has been replaced by the badging that says ‘SCOUT’. There is a chrome garnish added to the door sill and the outside rearview mirror and the roof rails are finished in white colour. The rendering of the Kushaq Scout only comes with cosmetic changes.

Speaking of the Kushaq, it is based on the Vision IN Concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The mid-size SUV has been unveiled for India whereas the prices of the Kushaq will be announced in June and SUV goes on sale in July. If you want to read more about it, you can click here. The Kushaq is the first product under the India 2.0 strategy of Volkswagen and Skoda.

The second product will be the Volkswagen Taigun which will be revealed on 24th March in Goa. You can read more about it by clicking here. The Taigun will share the underpinnings, engine and other components with the Kushaq. Both the SUVs will compete against the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks and the MG Hector.

The Kushaq is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform that has been specially engineered for India. Skoda is aiming to achieve a 95 percent localization rate with the Kushaq. The mid-size SUV measures 4,225 mm in length, 1,760 mm in width, and has a height of 1,612 mm. The wheelbase of the Kushaq is 2,651 mm, which is one of the best in the segment. The ground clearance of the SUV is 188 mm which is quite good for our Indian roads. With a boot capacity of 385 litres, you can pack in quite a bit of luggage.

The SUV will be offered in five colours. There will be Carbon Steel, Candy White and Reflex Silver, Honey Orange and Tornado Red.

Powering Kushaq will be two petrol engines. There will be a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. The 1.0-litre TSI produces 110 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. The 1.5-litre TSI will produce 150 PS and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed Dual Clutch DCT automatic gearbox. Skoda Kushaq is expected to start from Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 19 lakhs ex-showroom.