The Kushaq’s new Active Peace variant misses out on all infotainment related features.
According to reports, Skoda has launched a new Active Peace variant of the Kushaq, which has now become the new base variant, with a sticker price of Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom). For your reference, the Active variant, which was previously the base variant is priced at Rs 10.99 lakh.
To make it relatively cheaper, Skoda has taken away the infotainment system from the Active variant, i.e., the screen, speakers, and USB ports. From unofficial pictures that we have seen online, there’s quite an awkward hollow space in place of the screen, but at least this will allow Kushaq owners to purchase aftermarket audio systems if they so wish.
Just like the Active variant, the Active Peace variant is only available with the 1.0 TSI engine (113bhp and 178Nm), which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The automatic (6-speed torque converter) transmission is available from the newly-launched Ambition Classic variant onwards.
With the introduction of the new variant, Skoda has managed to kill two birds with one stone. First, it has made the Kushaq an easier car to buy by dropping the entry price and making it a prudent choice for those who like to opt for their own aftermarket audio setup. Second, cars priced under Rs 10 lakh in India are subject to a slightly relaxed taxation structure, which is always a plus.