The Skoda Kushaq, the one true king, will be the first vehicle based on the localised MQB A0 IN platform. While the dimensions of the Kushaq are yet to be known, it’s reported to include a 2,651mm of wheelbase. Unveiling globally next month, this mid-size SUV is built focusing on the Indian market.
Gurpratap Boparai, managing director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, tells Autocar India that Skoda Kushaq has an Indian name, and also everything it does is Indian.
The powerful new Skoda Kushaq is designed with Indian customer feedback. It is all set to debut with 93% localisation, which will soon be increased to 95%.
The company has done many changes that are more relevant to India. In Europe, for instance, you will find cars with a more prominent transmission tunnel. These cars (in India) comprise an almost flat transmission tunnel. Skoda ensured that the torsional rigidity of Kushaq is much higher than the current generation of the Rapid.
The SUV comes with several components and materials suitable to the Indian climate. It is made available with two petrol engines – 1.5L, 4-cylinder turbo, and 1.0L, 3-cylinder turbo. Commenting on it, the company states that the economics of diesel is difficult to justify now, and moreover, the petrol line-up will have a strong performance and be fuel-efficient.
Besides, the Czech automobile manufacturer has engineered this car for our higher ambient temperatures, where one could overlook components for extreme cold weather performance. This made Skoda choose materials like different plastics without compromising on their durability.
To speak about price, the company has hinted to keep it slightly premium. With localization and extreme engineering for Indian drivers, the upcoming SUV is expected to be one of our market’s most competitive segments.
At present, the rivals of Kushaq – the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta are priced (ex-showroom) at the range of Rs 6.79 lakh – Rs 13.19 lakh and Rs 9.15 lakh – Rs 15.72 lakh, respectively.