The all-new Skoda Kushaq, yes you guessed it right it is based on the concept car ‘VISION IN’ showcased in AutoExpo 2020. Earlier Skoda India registered the name as ‘KLIQ’ for the production-spec variant of the Vision IN. A few days ago in January 2021, Skoda India announced the name Kushaq and the significance of the name was derived from the Sanskrit word called Kushak. Why is it named ‘Kushaq’ then you may ask? Skoda defines SUVs and crossovers with the naming format starting with ‘K’ and ending with ‘Q’ for example the Karoq, Kodiaq, and the new upcoming crossover which might be called ‘Kamiq’. Earlier Skoda India registered the name KLIQ for the production-spec variant of the Vision IN. The launch of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ sees the brand enter India’s rapidly growing mid-size SUV segment. Lining up alongside the larger KODIAQ and KAROQ models, the KUSHAQ – developed exclusively for India – is the third ŠKODA SUV in that market.
Price of Kushaq? Launch date?
This was a World Premiere of the Kushaq, the company is yet to reveal the launch date and price. We still expect the car to be launched just after the New Skoda Octavia which debuts the Indian sedan market later in April 2021. Regarding the price, we estimate this product to be placed between 10lacs to 15lacs as we mentioned in our previous article on Kushaq.
How Big is Kushaq in real life?
The SUV is 4,225 mm long, 1,760 mm wide, and has a height of 1,612 mm. Its long wheelbase of 2,651 mm – which is among the longest in the segment – and a ground clearance of 188 mm makes it appear much larger than it actually is.
Reference Hyundai Creta: L x W x H =4,300 mm x 1,790 mm x 1,635 mm .Wheelbase : 2610mm. Ground Clearance : 190mm.
How is the Exterior?
ŠKODA has retained a wealth of the striking VISION IN concept car’s aspects in the production model virtually without making any changes. Featuring a distinctive front and prominent bonnet, the KUSHAQ’s ŠKODA SUV family resemblance is clear at first glance. The ribs of the wide grille are gloss black and the chrome grille surround extends to the headlights. The upper section of the muscular front bumper is body-colored, the lower part is black. From the Ambition trim level upwards, the underbody protection comes in a silver finish, as do the roof rails, which are black in the Active trim. A straight roofline, as well as a tornado line at the height of the door, handles, make the vehicle appear longer than it actually is. At the same time, the powerful wheel arches set off with black plastic trim and black side skirts bring out the KUSHAQ’s athletic look and lend it a self-assured stance on the road. The Style variant also features chrome-plated window frames and door handles. The clearly structured rear is characterized by the elongated roof spoiler, the ŠKODA lettering in block letters on the tailgate, and the bumper with a robust rear diffuser, which is set off in silver from the Ambition trim line upwards. The ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers plenty of space for five occupants and, with a capacity of 385 l, has a generous boot. The entry-level trim line, Active, features 16-inch steel wheels and Lhotse full wheel covers. In the Ambition trim level, the KUSHAQ comes with Grus 16-inch alloy wheels, while 17-inch Atlas two-tone alloys provide a visual highlight as standard for the Style variant.
How is the interior?
Even the entry-level variant of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ features particularly powerful air conditioning, and from Ambition upwards, the SUV boasts Climatronic with a touch control panel. Even more ultra-modern features are offered in the range-topping trim, Style, which comes with ventilated leather front seats, KESSY keyless entry, an electric sliding glass roof, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The steering wheel grabs the attention to a whole new level as it is a 2-spoke steering wheel. Probably the first in India to bring back the two-spoke steering wheel in fashion. We believe Skoda to introduce the same steering wheel on the new Skoda Octavia as well.
The interior of the KUSHAQ is dominated by a central, free-standing infotainment touchscreen; the character line running below this makes reference to the silhouette of the ŠKODA grille. A unique storage option has been specially designed to meet the needs of Indian customers: a utility recess on the dashboard. This is where the driver can keep a firmly attached lucky charm in clear view. All variants of the brand-new SUV offer numerous storage compartments in the interior with a total capacity of up to 26.2 l. These include, for example, the 6.1-litre glove compartment, which is air-conditioned from the Ambition trim upwards, and the 2.2-liter Jumbo Box in the center console. In the front and rear door panels, there is plenty of room for storing bottles and other items. A cup holder can be found in the armrest of the rear seat, which folds down in a ratio of 60:40 from Ambition upwards. The Ambition trim also offers a compartment in the roof lining in the front for keeping sunglasses, so they are always within easy reach. Even in the entry-level variant, the ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers white ambient lighting and LED reading lights in the front and rear. From the Ambition trim level upwards, the ambient lighting also illuminates the dashboard and door handles, while the door handles are chrome-plated and the gearstick knob is upholstered in leather. The Style trim is particularly elegant. It offers an extended chrome package with decorative chrome trim on the instrument panel as well as the gearstick surround; the handbrake locking button also sports a chrome look. The side bolsters of the ventilated front seats, which come as standard, are finished in a leather-look, as are the covers of the center armrest and the armrests in the doors.
Top-of-the-range infotainment system with a 10-inch screen
The Ambition and Style trim levels include the range-topping infotainment system with a 10-inch color touchscreen that has the same functionalities as is common for smartphones. This system also features a dual tuner, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an external microphone for hands-free phone calls. On top of this, the system supports Bluetooth standard 4.0. Smartphones can be paired and the online app store accessed without the need for a cable using Wireless SmartLink technology. Downloads from the online app store allow for the range of functions to be expanded, for example, by a navigation function. The GPS receiver required has been pre-installed accordingly for this purpose. There are two USB-C ports in the center console as well as two at the rear console for connecting and charging mobile devices via cable; the Style variant can also be equipped with a Phone Box in the front which allows smartphones to be charged inductively. In addition to MP3 and WMA, this system can also play AAC and FLAC media files.
ŠKODA sound system with additional subwoofer
The ŠKODA Kushaq comes with six high-performance speakers as standard – two separate tweeters and bass speakers in the front and two two-way speakers in the rear – providing a wide frequency range and guaranteeing excellent sound. The ŠKODA sound system is part of the standard equipment in the Style variant. In addition to higher-performance speakers, it also offers a separate amplifier and a subwoofer that is located in the spare wheel well.
What are the features of Kushaq on Safety?
With its comprehensive range of active and passive safety features and numerous convenient assistance systems, the ŠKODA Kushaq provides excellent levels of protection for the driver and passengers. High levels of driving safety are ensured at all times by the ESC system, which is a standard feature in all variants. The Multi-Collision Brake prevents potential follow-on collisions in the event of an accident. Should an accident occur, the vehicle’s occupants are protected by up to six airbags: in addition to airbags for the driver and front passenger, the KUSHAQ can be fitted with optional front side airbags and curtain airbags. All headrests are height-adjustable, and the center seat in the rear is also equipped with a three-point seat belt. ISOFIX and top-tether anchor points on the rear seats to fit child seats come as standard.
How Powerful is the Kushaq?
The MQB variant specially adapted for India, the MQB-A0-IN platform, makes it possible to equip the brand-new ŠKODA Kushaq with advanced and efficient TSI engines. Thanks to their low fuel consumption, the direct-injection petrol engines enable long ranges. The car comes in two engine options both are petrol. The entry-level 1.0 TSI produces 85 kW (115 PS) from its displacement of one liter. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission
The 1.5 TSI has – as its denomination suggests – a displacement of 1.5 liters. Its power output of 110 kW (150 PS) is delivered to the front wheels via a manual 6-speed gearbox, the same as with the 1.0 TSI. This engine can be configured with a 7-speed DSG with gear ratios that offer a perfect blend of sportiness and comfort.
Kushaq comes in 5 color varients
- Candy white
- Brilliant Silver
- Carbon Steel
- Honey Orange
- Tornado Red
We are eager to test the car as much as you, want to know more about the Kushaq, head out to our YouTube channel we have got the World Static Premier covered.
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