Skoda India has finally unveiled the Kushaq, a mid-size SUV that will compete with the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in India. The model will be launched in the coming weeks, according to the Cezch automaker.
The production-ready Kushaq looks a lot like the Skoda Vision IN concept car that debuted at the 2020 Auto Show. It’s also the first Skoda vehicle to be developed on the India-specific MQB A0 IN platform and to be launched as part of the brand’s India 2.0 Initiative.
In comparison to its competitors, the upcoming new Skoda SUV has a longer wheelbase (2651mm) and more interior space. It has a multi-layered dashboard with a thin chrome bar that runs the length of it. Orange accents on the dashboard, centre console, and door panels give the car a sporty feel.
A free-standing 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, navigation, and other features is included. The instrumentation, which includes digital dials, is identical to that of the Skoda Virtual cockpit.
The SUV features a two-spoke steering wheel similar to the current Skoda Superb. Audio controls, phone controls, lane assist, voice command, and cruise control are all accessible via buttons. The HVAC controls are touch sensitive on the centre console. Connected car technology, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, rear AC vents, electrically adjustable, foldable ORVMs, and other features are just a few of the highlights.
As previously mentioned, the Kushaq’s final model adheres to its original design. The SUV’s iconic grille is flanked by split projector headlamps, an angled bumper with wide air intakes, and a bold skid plate on the front end. Alloy wheels, body cladding all over, wraparound LED taillights, a faux diffuser, and a roof spoiler contribute to the car’s sporty appearance. The Skoda Kushaq will be available in 5 colours namely – Candy White, Briliant Silver, Carbon Steel, Honey Orange, and Tornado Red.
The new Skoda Kushaq will be available with two engine options: a 113bhp, 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 147bhp, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol. A 6-speed manual transmission will be standard, as will a 6-speed torque convertor automatic with the 1.0L petrol and a 7-speed DSG automatic with 1.5L petrol.
According to Skoda, the new Kushaq would be 95 percent localised. The new model is expected to be competitively priced. The Skoda Kushaq will compete against the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, and Tata Harrier, with prices ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh.
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