The production of Skoda Kushaq has commenced at the company’s Pune facility. The SUV is expected to be launched sometime in the month of June – most likely by the final weeks – between Rs 10 – 16 lakh (ex-showroom) bracket
Days away from the price announcement of the fourth-generation Skoda Octavia, the carmaker has commenced the production of its upcoming Skoda Kushaq. The production has begun in Skoda’s Pune facility with the first few examples of the Kushaq rolling out.
The Kushaq is Skoda’s first SUV to debut under the VW Group's 'India 2.0' project. The Skoda Kushaq is based on VW’s MQB-A0 platform, which has been highly reworked for the Indian market and has been dubbed the MQB-A0-IN. The Skoda Kushaq will have 95 per cent of the parts locally produced, which in turn means lower service and ownership costs and competitive pricing. We expect Skoda to price the Kushaq in the Rs 10 – 16 lakh (ex-showroom) bracket.
While the vehicle will undergo heavy localisation, Skoda promises to not compromise on the safety front. The Kushaq gets ESC (Electronic Stability Control) as standard across the range. The vehicle also gets six airbags, ISOFIX mounts for child seats, and a tyre-pressure monitor as well.
Other features include automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, ventilated seats, a 10-inch infotainment system, which is synced with Skoda’s own app store, and a multimedia system along, with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, along with a six-speaker stereo system, ambient lighting, an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, and wireless charging. For passengers in the second row, Skoda also offers rear AC vents, with dual USB C ports.
The Skoda Kushaq will be offered with a choice of two engine options – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol. Both the engines will come with a choice of an optional automatic, while a six-speed manual transmission will be a standard gearbox on offer with both engines. The smaller 1.0-litre petrol engine will come with an option of a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, whereas the larger 1.5-litre petrol engine will come with an option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Kushaq is expected to be launched by end-June, 2021. The compact SUVs rivalling the Kushaq are the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Nissan Kicks, and Renault Duster. Also, the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun will be positioned alongside the Kushaq by the festive season.