Skoda recently revealed the Kushaq SUV, which made its global debut here in India. An integral part of the Czech marque’s India 2.0 product strategy, the Kushaq will be one of the first launches. A close relative of the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun, the Skoda Kushaq is an SUV that many are looking forward to. It has now been confirmed that the automaker will commence accepting bookings from customers beginning June this year. Meanwhile, the first batch of deliveries will start the very next month. Our market has become a beehive of activity, especially within the compact SUV segment. Upcoming models such as the Skoda Kushaq will only add to this ‘buzz.’
Erected upon the VW Group’s MQB-A0-IN platform, the Skoda Kushaq will undercut the parent company’s Taigun in India. Even so, its premium price tag should ensure that it contends with the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The Kushaq’s other rivals will take into account the Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks, and MG Hector. Quite a few of these are larger than the Skoda crossover, but since we are talking in terms of their pricing, it kind of makes sense. Despite that, it is almost certain that the Skoda Kushaq will come loaded with features. There are images on the interweb showing a lower variant of the Kushaq, though it looks far from being bare-bones.
The exterior of the Skoda Kushaq looks unmistakably European, that’s to say that it won’t polarize opinions. Being a modern-day Skoda, the Kushaq sports the brand’s butterfly grille, slender headlamps armed with LED units, along with a bumper-mounted secondary lighting unit. Meanwhile, the front bumper gets some fake vents and satin silver faux skid plate thingy. Other styling features that are prominent include the 17-inch diamond-cut alloy rims, black body cladding, stylish roof rails, and a distinctive chrome lining extending from the wing mirror to the C-pillar. At the back, the Kushaq a large roof spoiler, bold ‘Skoda’ lettering, LED taillights, and a sporty-looking bumper.
On the inside, the Skoda Kushaq is sure to feature some premium-feeling materials and good build quality. Furthermore, the design is quite intriguing for a compact SUV such as this, while the layout of all the controls seems logically placed. Skoda has also thrown in a combination of different colors and textures on the dashboard and door pads to make this cabin look more exciting and modern.
Higher variants of the Kushaq will boast a large 10-inch touchscreen, while lower variants will make do with a smaller (less impressive) head unit. Irrespective, all of them should get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Meanwhile, higher variants will also come with an electric sunroof, ventilated front seats, and a wireless smartphone charger.
The Skoda Kushaq will come with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder TSI engine that makes 113hp, which will be fitted to lower variants. However, customers can also go for the punchier 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI that generates 148hp and gets a 7-speed DSG automatic as standard. Other gearbox options on the Kushaq include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic.