Tech2 news teamJune 16, 2021 1:18:32 pm
It’s official: the Skoda Kushaq launch in India will finally take place on June 28, 2021. Zac Hollis, Brand Director of Skoda Auto India, took to Twitter to announce the launch date for what is easily one of the launches. of new top models of 2021. Production of the Skoda Kushaq began last week, with the launch of the first unit at the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) plant in Chakan, Pune, marking the start of the journey. Skoda’s midsize SUV. Deliveries to customers are scheduled to begin in early July.
#LaunchAlert I have the answer to the most frequently asked question for 2021. We will announce prices and open reservations for ŠKODA KUSHAQ on June 28 at 11am. M.#CommitmentDelivered#KUSHAQ #ReservasOpen#PriceAnnouncement pic.twitter.com/iZG9sRPZ9i
– Zac Hollis (@Zac_Hollis_) June 16, 2021
The Kushaq, which is Skoda’s first offering in the burgeoning midsize SUV segment, has high expectations on its chiseled shoulders. It was unveiled in concept form as Vision IN at the Volkswagen Group Night in Delhi last year, and is the group’s first model to be implemented under VW’s ambitious India 2.0 plan. The Kushaq borrows design elements from larger Skoda SUVs such as the Karoq and Kodiaq and has a distinctive face with split LED headlight clusters and Skoda’s signature grille. Other notable design elements include glass-effect LED taillights, front and rear skid plates, heavy body cladding, prominent roof rails, and chunky alloy wheels.
The Kushaq is based on Volkswagen AG’s custom India MQB A0 IN platform, which is designed to accommodate up to 95 percent local content and will also form the basis for the Taigun, as well as new Skoda and Volkswagen sedans. they owe later this year. The Skoda Kushaq has a 2,651mm wheelbase, which is 41mm longer than the space midsize SUV of the King of India, the Hyundai Creta.
At center stage on the dash is a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The layout of the dash itself is somewhat similar to that of its cousin, the Volkswagen Taigun, and the center console appears to be identical to that of the VW.
High specification Skoda Kushaq variants will be equipped with automatic climate control, height adjustable driver’s seat and safety equipment will include up to six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Hold Control, cruise and a tire pressure monitor. However, the Kushaq gets lost in an all-digital instrument display; something that will be available in its mechanical twin, the Taigun.
The Skoda Kushaq will come with two turbo petrol engine options: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit that makes 110 hp and a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 150 hp. A six-speed manual will be standard for both engines, but the 1.0-liter version will also be available with a six-speed automatic torque converter, while the 1.5-liter model will have the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch. automatic (DSG). Those looking for a diesel SUV will be disappointed, because the Kushaq will not be offered with a diesel engine option.
With more than 90 percent localization from the start, the Skoda Kushaq is expected to launch at an aggressive price. Expect Skoda Kushaq prices to start at just under Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom), which will give you the boost you need to battle established players in the segment like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.