Skoda Kushaq unveiled in India

Skoda Kushaq

Skoda Kushaq front
Skoda has finally unveiled the Skoda Kushaq, the made for India SUV. Now to be honest Skoda’s plan of India revival is clearly depending on the new kushaq. The Design, features, specs and practicality seems to the point. 
Kushaq launch
The Kushaq is the most important product for the brand in India. There are several reasons for this. It enters a segment which has the most demand. Secondly, Skoda hopes to revive its market share with the Kushaq and finally, Kushaq is the first product that is made for India keeping in mind the taste of Indian customers.

So what does Skoda Kushaq have to offer?

Design
Skoda has made sure that the Kushaq does not miss out on anything. Skoda in the past was criticized  for not offering a lot at the price they charged but that’s not the case with the Kushaq. The Kushaq has the Skoda DNA in the build quality, features on offer, premium fit and finish. It also has added some elements that Indian’s love.

Skoda Kushaq Exterior

Side view kushaq
The Kushaq looks handsome on the exterior. The big mustache type front grille adds to the name Kushaq that means King in Sanskrit. It gets LED projector headlamps at the front with DRL and fog lamps. It sits on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels that looks cool. Overall design from the outside is not like the traditional Skoda approach but more of an aggressive design approach.

Skoda Kushaq Engine options

Engine options
The Kushaq gets two engine options, the 1.0-liter turbo petrol that can be seen in rapid. It makes 103bhp and 175Nm torque which makes it a good performance pack but the 1.5-liter turbo petrol makes a whooping 147 bhp and 250Nm torque. The engine numbers look really good and the 1.5 L turbo petrol has numbers similar to a diesel engine. Yes, sadly there is no diesel engine on offer, at least not yet.

Skoda Kushaq Transmission

Transmission options in the Skoda Kushaq
Both the engines do get manual and automatic options. The 1.0-liter turbo petrol can be had with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic torque converter gearbox. For the most exciting 1.5-liter TSI it gets a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG for the automatic.

Skoda Kushaq Interior

Interior Dashboard of the Kushaq
There are a lot to talk about the interiors and the features. Let’s not rush and look at it one by one
The Front dash
When you sit inside you need to look at the logo to be reminded that you are in a Skoda. The funky AC vents and the chrome elements show that the Kushaq is different. While the Dashboard looks really good it has more plastic materials for a bit of cost cutting and a 10-inch infotainment system has all the features you need. It gets the connected car features, Android Auto and Apple carplay. The AC controls on the Kushaq are touch controlled and is unique in the segment.

Steering and Instrument cluster

two spoke steering
The Steering wheel gets only two spokes for a look that is unique. Some might like it and some might feel it odd. The Skoda Kushaq gets an analog instrument cluster with an MID (Multi Information Display). The instrument cluster is clean and is minimalistic

Ventilated seats

Ventilated seats
Both the front seats are equipped with ventilated seats which again is a very important feature needed for Indian market.

Cooled Glovebox

Cooled Glove box Kushaq
Temperature in India is mostly on the hotter side and a cooled glove box can be a fancy yet useful feature to have in your car.

Rear seats

ISOFIX child
The Rear seats have ample space even for a tall person. The seat is positioned for great under thigh support making it more comfortable. The legroom for the middle passenger however is only sufficient for a child. The seats also come with ISOFIX child seat mounts and three adjustable headrests.

Rear AC vents

Rear AC vents
The Kushaq does not miss out on any features that are most demanded in India. It does get rear AC vents making the cooling more efficient.

USB type-C charging

USB C-type
Seems like the designers at Skoda thought about the future and added USB C-type charging ports.

Boot space

Skoda Kushaq boot space
The Skoda Kushaq gets a 385-liter boot space which is not much considering the rivals. The seats can be split into 30:40 to get a 1405-liter boot space. 

Sunroof

Sunroof in the Kushaq
The Kushaq gets India’s most favorite feature which is the sunroof but is not panoramic.

Exterior Rear

Rear of the Kushaq
In the Rear the Skoda Kushaq looks neat and subtle. It gets all LED treatment both for the brake lights and the turn indicators.

Safety

Safety features in the Kushaq
The Kushaq is based on the MQB A0 IN platform, to know the stability and rigidity we have to wait for a while. When it comes to safety features you get all the basic features such as ABS, ESP, 6-airbags, tyre pressure monitoring systems, rain sensing wiper and automatic headlamps.

Dimensions

Skoda Kushaq dimensions
The Skoda Kushaq is a bit shorter in length compared to the Hyundai Creta but it has the longest wheelbase in the segment. It has a total width of 1760mm and sufficient ground clearance of 188mm.

Colors

Color options
The Kushaq comes with a total of four color options. Reflex silver, Carbon steel, Tornado red and honey Orange. The last two colors are unique to the Kushaq.

Price

Driving Kushaq
The Prices for the Skoda Kushaq are not announced yet. It will be announced in a couple of weeks and we will update it as soon as it is announced. The price is expected to be ₹9.5 Lakh to ₹15 Lakh ex-showroom which will make it a strong competitor in the segment.

Image Credits:
Skoda India

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