Skoda’s first car in the Indian market under the India 2.0 Kushaq is gaining popularity soon after its launch. Skoda started accepting bookings for the all-new Kushaq on its launch day, which is June 28. Till now, the car has received more than 2,000 bookings.
The report by ACI claims that the 1.0-litre TSI AT Ambition is the most popular choice among the customers. Over 40 per cent of bookings are for this variant. The same report also claims that the Carbon Steel colour is the most preferred choice of the buyers. The second most popular choice is white and then orange.
All the variants are getting a similar kind of interest according to the dealerships. Even the 1.5-litre TSI is becoming popular but the test drives are yet to start for the higher-powered Kushaq. The dealerships have received about 25% bookings for the 1.5-litre TSI but the number is likely to increase once the test drive starts. Skoda will start the test drives of the high-powered Kushaq soon.
Skoda will start delivering the Kushaq from the middle of this month. As the booking process is digital, the customers who book the vehicle get a system-generated ETA as soon as the booking gets confirmed.
All-new Skoda Kushaq
The all-new Kushaq is based on a new MQB-A0-IN platform. The all-new platform is designed Since Skoda is heading India 2.0 strategy for the Volkswagen Group in India, the first car on the India-spec MQB A0 IN platform is being launched by them.
Skoda first announced the Kushaq in 2018 and then showcased the prototype Vision IN. The final product looks very similar to the concept in terms of design. It is manufactured at the brand’s Chakan plant in Maharashtra.
The cabin of Kushaq gets a layered dashboard set-up with a thin chrome bar running across. There is a freestanding infotainment system in the middle that offers a range of modern features. Also, the driver gets the Skoda Virtual cockpit’s view with a fully digital instrument cluster. However, we think that only the top-end version of the car offers an expensive system.
There are two engine options available with the Kushaq. There is 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a much more powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol. The base variant Active only gets the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine option with a six-speed manual transmission.
The mid-level Ambition variant is also available with only the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine but Skoda will also offer a 6-speed automatic transmission with this variant. The fully-loaded top-end variant – Style will offer both 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine options. Both the engine options get the 6-speed manual. The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol variant also offers an automatic transmission while the more powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol will offer a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.