Skoda has unveiled the production-spec Skoda Kushaq SUV after lots of spy shot and teaser around the web. Based on the Vision IN concept showcased in Autoshow, the midsize SUV is the first model of Skoda India and VW Group’s India Project 2.0. Once launched it will rival up against other SUVs in the segment like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and even the upcoming VW Taigun SUV with which it will share all its underpinnings.
- Skoda Kushaq is based on India-specific VW’s MQB A0 IN platform
- To share underpinnings with VWs upcoming midsized SUV
- Skoda Kushaq to get two engine options- 1.0L 3-cylinder TSI petrol making 115 HP and a 1.5L 4-cylinder making 150HP
- To get class-leading features both on the interior and the exterior
- Top-spec variants to get 10-inch touchscreen infotainment with connected car tech and digital instrument cluster
- To also feature 17-inch alloy wheels
Production-spec Skoda Kushaq Exterior design
The Skoda Kushaq is based on India specific VW’s MQB AO IN platform and the name ‘Kushaq’ was derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Kushak’ which simply means ‘King’. So lets see if it stands for it name. While talking about the exterior design, the production-spec Skoda Kushaq is kept similar to the Vision IN concept. Coming to the front, it features Skoda’s signature wide Skoda flanked by all-LED headlight set-up and the foglights which are placed just below the headlight units. While the front bumper gets lots of cuts and creases that gives it a sporty look and overall goes well with the car.
Coming to the side profile, the Skoda Kushaq features bold lines running across the doors along with body cladding on the lower parts of the doors and around the wheel wells which gives it the much-needed SUV look. Top-spec variants of the Skoda Kushaq SUV also gets roof rails and 17-inch dual-tone that enhances the sporty look of the SUV.
Coming to the rear, the Skoda Kushaq SUV gets a roof spoiler, a chrome strip running across the tailgate and finished off with a faux diffuser that gets silver finish treatment. The rear is also complimented with wraparound LED taillights that give it a much wider look. Overall, from the exterior, the Skoda Kushaq SUV looks handsome and has a silhouette similar to larger Skoda SUVs like the Kodiaq and the Karoq.
In terms of dimensions, the Skoda Kushaq SUV measures 4,225mm long, 1,760mm wide, and has a height of 1,612mm. It has a decent ground clearance of 188mm and a wheelbase measures 2,651mm long. The boot capacity is 385 litres which can be expanded up to 1,405 litres with rear seats folded down. Skoda Kushaq will be offered in five colour options namely – Candy White, Brilliant Silver, Carbon Steel, Honey Orange, Tornedo Red.
The Skoda Kushaq will be offered in three trim levels and, only the top-spec Style variant gets the 17-inch alloy wheels, while the entry-level Active variant will come with 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers. However, the mid-spec Ambition trim will come with 16-inch alloy wheels.
Skoda Kushaq SUV Interior
The interior of the Skoda Kushaq features premium styling, it gets a layered dashboard design with a thin chrome bar running across it that separates the top and bottom part and finally connects the chrome-lined AC vents at each end. There is also knurled type plastic insert on the top part of the dashboard. There is a floating type 10-inch touchscreen that takes the centre stage and gets features like connected car technology, smartphone connectivity, Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay. Placed below the infotainment screen are the central AC vents under which are the feather-type touch HVAC controls. While the touch panel for the climate control looks great to the eyes but they will not be nice to use like physical buttons while driving.
Just like newer Skoda models, the steering wheel on the Skoda Kushaq features a two-spoke design and it looks similar to the new Skoda Superb and upcoming Octavia sedans. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and gives a premium feel, furthermore, it features knurled scroll wheels and buttons for various controls like audio, phone, voice commands and cruise control. However, the Kushaq comes with a traditional analogue instrument cluster with a MID unit as standard. The top-spec variants may feature a fully digital instrument cluster.
Being an SUV the Skoda Kushaq offers a commanding view from the front seats. The seats are well padded for comfort and support and are ventilated too. The rear seats also offer good comfort and under-thigh support and sufficient legroom even for taller passengers. However, the headroom may be a bit tighter for tall people.
Other cabin features include armrests for both front and rear passengers along with two cup holders and ample storage space. Some more features like ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, a cooled glovebox, six speakers audio system along with a 50w subwoofer, sunroof, internal memory storage, Type-C USB ports, my Skoda connect app are also there. However, cost-cutting has been done in some places like the lower parts of the dashboard are made up of scratchy plastic and even the headliner material is a woven one and not knitted fabric.
Coming to the safety features the top-spec Skoda Kushaq SUV offers six airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, automatic headlights and wipers, multi-collision braking system to name a few. But all the Skoda Kushaq variants will feature only front disc brake and rear drum brakes.
Skoda Kushaq SUV Powertrain details
The Skoda Kushaq SUV when launched will come with two engine options – a 1.0L three-cylinder TSI and a 1.5L four-cylinder TSI engine both turbo petrol units. The 1.0L TSI is tuned to make 115hp and will come mated to a 6-speed manual and torque convertor automatic gearbox. The 1.5L TSI unit is tuned to make a healthy 150HP and will come mated with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic option. Both engines are VW’s unit.
The Skoda Kushaq SUV is based on the India-specific MQB A0 IN platform and will be shared with the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and other upcoming cars which will replace the Skoda Rapid and VW Vento.
Skoda Kushaq Expected Price and Rivals
The Skoda Kushaq SUV is expected to be priced competitively and can be expected to be priced between Rs 10-16 lakh (ex-showroom). This can be possible because of the localisation of the components and parts. Coming to the rivals, once launched the Skoda Kushaq SUV rival up against Volkswagen Taigun, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, MG Hector and Tata Harrier.
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