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Skoda Kushaq to launch on March 18, 2021

by Navyatha Sandiri

Skoda will finally take the wraps off its much-anticipated Skoda Kushaq to launch SUV on March 18, 2021. A little later, the Skoda Kushaq SUV will see a price announcement in India. Here’s what we’ve known so far.

  • Skoda Kushaq will have 93% of localized content
  • Will be coming with two petrol engines
  • Safety features will include 6 airbags, ESC, hillside control, and more.

Production-spec Skoda Kushaq: What’s going to look like?

While the final version of the SUV is yet to be revealed, Skoda gave us a hit on Kushaq’s production-specific design last month when we were invited to take a close look at the SUV and also take a quick drive. What we can confirm is that the Kushaq SUV production-version will be more or less similar to the concept that was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020 last year.

Skoda Kushaq will have a lot of styling cues borrowed from other Skoda SUVs, such as Karoq, Kodiaq, and Kamiq, which are sold overseas. It will come with a Skoda grid with split projector headlamps and an angular bumper flanked by large air intakes and a rough-looking skid plate. The SUV will also come with body cladding all around and chunky alloy wheels that will add to its SUV position.

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The Skoda Kushaq will be based on the Indian-specific MQB A0 IN architecture and will be similar in size to its mid-size SUV rivals. However, it will feature a longer 2.671mm wheelbase, which could definitely benefit from the amount of interior space on offer.

Inside, the SUV comes with a multi-element inside with a mixture of chrome, brushed aluminum, and dark plastic bits. A stand-alone 12.3-inch infotainment screen was shown on the Vision In concept and we expect the same unit to make it into production as well. Just like its key rivals, the Kushaq comes with a five-seat cabin.

Production-spec Skoda Kushaq: What’s going to power it?

The Kushaq Skoda will come with two TSI turbo-oil engines. The first is a 110hp, 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder unit (also seen in the current Rapid) and the second is a 150hp, 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder unit (which comes in the Karoq). Both engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox, although the automatic gearbox options will vary – the 1.0-liter engine will have a 6-speed torque converter, while the 1.5-liter unit will have a 7-speed DSG.

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According to Skoda, the name of the mid-size SUV was derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Kushak,’ which translates into ‘King’ or ‘Emperor.’ The name Kushaq is also very much in line with the brand name SUV – Kodiaq, Karoq, and Kamiq (with ‘K’ at the beginning and ‘Q’ at the end).

Production-spec Skoda Kushaq: What’s going to be a rival in India?

Kushaq will enter the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment, taking on popular SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, the recently updated MG Hector, and Tata Harrier. It will also see another rival in the form of the Volkswagen Taigun (based on the same platform as the Kushaq) that will hit the Indian market later this year as read and reported by “www.autocarindia.com”.