The Indian arm of the Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda has launched two new variants – the Kushaq Onyx Plus and the Slavia Ambition Plus, to rope in customers ahead of the festive season. The Onyx Plus variant of the Kushaq carries a sticker price of Rs 11.59 lakh, while the Ambition Plus variant introduced on the Slavia starts at Rs 12.49 lakh and goes up to Rs 13.79 lakh. Prices are ex-showroom. At the said price point, both variants come with an exclusive chrome package and added accessories. Prospective buyers can also benefit from exchange and corporate bonuses, but all these need to be availed of within a limited time period. On the looks front, the new Skoda Kushaq Onyx Plus receives chrome inserts on the front grille ribs, window garnish, and tailgate. On offer are also a new set of 16-inch Grus alloy wheels as well as two exclusive colour options – Candy White and Carbon Steel.
Meanwhile, the new Skoda Slavia Ambition Plus gets a chrome package for the front grille, lower door, and trunk garnish. Unlike the Onyx Plus, the Ambition Plus variant is offered in existing exterior colour schemes, however, it features an in-built dashcam offered across all colour options.
Skoda Kushaq Onyx Plus, Slavia Ambition Plus: Powertrain
Underneath the skin, both the Onyx Plus and the Ambition Plus are equipped with a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that is capable of producing 114bhp and 178Nm of peak torque. The engine on the Onyx Plus is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, whereas the Slavia Ambition Plus is offered with a choice of a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic unit.
Skoda Kushaq Onyx Plus, Slavia Ambition Plus: Price
|Variant||Price (Introductory, ex-showroom)||Maximum Price (ex-showroom)|
|Skoda Kushaq Onyx Plus||Rs 11.59 lakh||-|
|Skoda Slavia Ambition Plus||Rs 12.49 lakh (MT)||Rs 13.79 lakh|
Skoda Kushaq, Slavia: Underpinnings, Features
With the made-in-India MQB-AO-IN platform beneath the skin, both the Skoda Kushaq and the Slavia have received a 5-star rating in the Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) for both adults and children. The Skoda Slavia offers a range of safety features, including up to six airbags, rear parking sensors with a camera, TPMS, high-speed alert, ABS with EBD & Brake Assist, multi-collision brakes (MCB), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system (TCS), electronic differential lock system (EDL) and others. On the other hand, the Kushaq prioritises safety with ESC as standard, six airbags, ISOFIX mounts for child seats, and a tyre-pressure monitor.
For those unaware, the Kushaq was the first Made-in-India car to undergo crash testing under stricter protocols and also the first to receive 5-star ratings for both adult and child occupant safety, with the highest rating at 29.64.
2024 Skoda Superb, Kodiaq: India Launch Timeline
It is anticipated that the new-generation Skoda Kodiaq and Superb will go on sale in the international market next year, followed by its launch in the Indian market soon. The Skoda Kodiaq will continue to rival the likes of the Jeep Meridian, the Toyota Fortuner, and the MG Gloster, whereas the Superb sedan will serve as a Toyota Camry alternative.
The Skoda Kodiaq and the Superb will be based on an updated version of the MQB platform, similar to the other upcoming ICE-powered vehicles from the Volkswagen Group. The available powertrain options include diesel, gasoline, petrol mild hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models. They all will be coupled to a DSG automatic transmission that will send power to either the front wheels or all four axles. The plug-in hybrids blend a 1.5 TSI gasoline engine with a single electric motor and a bigger 25.7kWh battery to provide an electric range of over 100 kilometres.