Skoda’s best selling vehicle in the Indian market – the Kushaq compact SUV – has just turned one. And Skoda India has given the Kushaq a bunch of updates. All variants of the updated Kushaq now get a key safety feature in the form of a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and a new headliner for the cabin. The latter was something a lot of existing Kushaq owners were asking for, and it’s likely that the new headliner can be retro-fitted to the previous iteration of the compact SUV.
Skoda has also added a idle-stop system to the 1.0 TSI variants of the Kushaq, and this has resulted in fuel efficiency improving by 7-9 %. The 8 inch touchscreen infotainment display gets physical buttons for key functions, and this is another feature that Skoda has added following feedback from early Kushaq owners. Finally, the Style 1.0 MT trim of the compact SUV gets a sunroof as an option.
Here’s what Zac Hollis, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India had to say about the updated SUV,
The Kushaq is the hero of India 2.0, and one year on, it has been instrumental in Skoda Auto India climbing one sales peak after another, with a legion of happy and satisfied customers. In line with our customer-centric approach, we use this landmark occasion in the Kushaq’s life cycle to introduce a host of updates that further enhance the user experience and all-new variants providing more value to our fans and users.
The prices of the updated Kushaq are as follows,
|Variants||MT Prices||AT Prices|
|Active 1.0 TSI||Rs 11.29 lakh||Rs. 14.59 lakh|
|Ambition Classic 1.0 TSI||Rs. 12.79 lakh||Rs. 14.09 lakh|
|Ambition 1.0 TSI||Rs. 12.99 lakh||Rs. 14.59 lakh|
|Style 1.0 TSI NSR||NA||Rs. 15.09 lakh|
|Style 1.0 TSI||Rs. 15.29 lakh||Rs. 16.09 lakh|
|Style 1.5 TSI||Rs. 17.19 lakh||Rs. 17.79 lakh|
|Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI||Rs. 15.99 lakh||Rs. 17.69 lakh|
|Monte Carlo 1.5 TSI||Rs. 17.89 lakh||Rs. 19.49 lakh|
The Skoda Kushaq is offered with two engine options: a 1 liter-3 cylinder TSI turbocharged petrol with 110 Bhp-200 Nm, and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder TSI turbocharged petrol with 148 Bhp-250 Nm. Both engines get 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard. The smaller motor gets a 6 speed torque converter automatic option while the bigger motor gets a 7 speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox option. Based on the MQB A0 (A-Zero) platform, the Skoda Kushaq has a sibling from the Volkswagen stable. Called the Taigun, the Volkswagen compact SUV shares its engines, platform and feature-set with the Kushaq but has distinct styling as a key differentiator.