Skoda Auto India will be launching their first vehicle under INDIA 2.0 project on June 28th. It is a new mid-size SUV developed specifically for India. The bookings for the SUV will also go live on the same day. It will be offered in three variants, namely Active, Ambition and Style. Now, Team-BHP has revealed the engine options and the transmission options that will be offered with the variants. The Kushaq is expected to start at Rs. 9.5 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way upto Rs. 16.5 lakhs ex-showroom.
The base variant will be the Active while the Style variant will be the top-end variant. The Ambition will sit right in the middle of both variants. There will be two engine options on offer. There will be a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre TSI engine. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. You would be able to get the 1.0-litre TSI with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox while the 1.5-litre TSI will be offered with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The 1.0-litre TSI will be offered on all the trims while the 1.5-litre TSI will be reserved for the top-spec Style trim only. The Active variant will be offered only with a manual gearbox with 1.0-litre TSI. The Ambition variant will be offered with the 1.0-litre TSI with a manual gearbox as well as torque converter automatic gearbox. The Style variant would be offered with the 1.0-litre TSI with manual and an automatic gearbox as well as 1.5-litre TSI with manual or an automatic gearbox.
The 1.0-litre TSI is aimed towards people who want a no-fuss SUV. The engine produces 115 PS of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. The 1.5-litre TSI is aimed towards enthusiasts, people who want to have a bit of fun in their SUV. The engine produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque.
It is being offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox if you still like shifting gears yourself. Then there is the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. It is the DQ200 gearbox that faced a lot of backlash because of transmission failures. However, Skoda says they have thoroughly tested the Kushaq and have worked on making the DQ200 reliable. So, people should not face any issues. Having said that, only time will tell how the DQ200 holds up over the long run.
The Kushaq will be offered in five colours. There will be Candy White, Reflex Silver and Carbon Steel. Skoda says Honey Orange and Tornado Red colours are exclusive to India. There is a high chance that these two colours are not offered with the base variant.
The Kushaq has a ground clearance of 188 mm which should be enough to tackle the bad roads of our country. It has a boot capacity of 385 litres which is not the best in the segment but it should be able to hold enough luggage for a road trip. The wheelbase is 2,651 mm, which is one of the best in the segment. This should open ample of legroom and foot space in the cabin for the occupants.