Skoda has begun production of the Kushaq SUV at its Chakan plant. The Kushaq is Skoda’s first product under the Volkswagen Group’s India 2.0 plan. Price announcement for the Kushaq is expected to take place in the coming weeks.
The Kushaq is being built on a new production line, to accommodate the 95 per cent localization that Skoda-VW has achieved for the MQB-A0-IN platform. Much of the development work was also done on-site, unlike the brand’s previous products, at a new tech centre commissioned in 2019.
The Skoda Kushaq was revealed in production form in March 2021 and is developed on the heavily indigenized MQB-A0-IN architecture. The SUV will be available in two engine and three gearbox options. These are the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 110PS and 175 Nm, which should be offered in the low to mid-spec versions of this new SUV. With a six-speed manual, the six-speed torque converter from the Rapid will also be available. Also, the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol that makes 150PS/250 Nm and pairs with a seven-speed DCT will be offered on higher trims. The larger engine will get a six-speed manual as well.
The design of Kushaq is in line with Skoda’s larger SUVs, with the brand’s trademark grille flanked by sleek headlamps and a high-set secondary light cluster, and plenty of cuts and creases along the body.
The rear is characterised by a faux diffuser element on the bumper, a roof-mounted spoiler and large wrap-around LED tail-lamps. Rounding out the looks will be 16-inch wheels on lower variants with the fully-loaded SUV sitting on 17-inch alloys. The Kushaq will be available in a choice of three variants – Active, Ambition and Style.
The cabin design is in line with the newer Skodas on sale in international markets. It comes with a layered dash, a free-standing touchscreen – sitting on a shelf-like design element atop the centre console – a two-spoke steering design and large, vertically positioned, rectangular side air-con vents.
Kushaq gets notable features like matrix LED exterior lighting, a new 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple Carplay, type-C USB charging, connected-car features, a single-pane sunroof, climate control, ventilated front seats, up to 17-inch alloy wheels and large amounts of interior storage. Safety features are appealing with the Kushaq being one of the first mainstream cars to offer ESC as standard. Other than this, there are six airbags, TPMS, hill-hold function, rear parking camera, front parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts.