Skoda Kushaq launched in India

Based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, the Kushaq will be the first product as a part of the ‘India 2.0’ project, that will cater primarily to the needs of the Indian customers

Words by: Harshit Srinivas

Skoda has finally launched the Kushaq in India. Claimed to be the most affordable SUV in the current SUV line-up of Skoda India, the Kushaq is priced at Rs 10.49 lakh for the entry-level ‘Active’ variant and Rs 17.59 lakh for the top end ‘Style’ variant. ‘Kushaq’ is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning king or ruler. Available in three trims — Active, Ambition and Style, the Kushaq will only be offered with petrol engines. Here’s what we need to know about the Kushaq and how it stacks against its rivals on paper until we get to drive it for a detailed review.

The Kushaq is on offer with either a 1-litre TSI or a 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit. The former produces a total output of 115PS while the latter makes an output of 150PS. The 1-litre unit comes mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter auto box while the 1.5 unit is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. The 1-litre unit is capable of hitting a ton in just 10.6 seconds while the 1.5-litre unit does the same in 8.6 seconds. Mind you, these figures are as per Skoda India’s claims and can be verified only once we are behind the wheel of the Kushaq.

On the outside, the Kushaq closely resembles its elder siblings on the design front. With Skoda’s signature butterfly style grille and sleek LED head lamps with integrated DRLs, the Kushaq looks stylish upfront. On the rear also, it gets a LED setup for the tail lamps and a Skoda badge that is individually spelt in bold. The Kushaq runs on 16-inch steelies as standard while can be upgraded to 17-inch dual-tone alloys as standard in the style variant.

As you step inside, the first thing you notice is a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is tweaked to 7-inch only for the base variant. The infotainment system comes integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The most noticeable thing next, is a two-spoke steering wheel, earlier seen on the Skoda Octavia fourth generation. Also, complimenting the cabin are features like ambient lighting, a wireless charging dock and a cooled glovebox. What the Kushaq misses out on is a sunroof that is quite an in-demand feature these days with the newly-launched cars. Needless to say, the Skoda has also kept the safety of its customers on priority and has equipped the Kushaq with features like six airbags, ABS with EBD, hill-hold assist, traction control, parking sensors and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The ESC is available as standard across all the variants in the Kushaq.

Skoda India recently launched the fourth-gen Octavia in India and with another launch post that in a few weeks, strictly shows the brand’s commitment towards upgrading its portfolio with new and updated products.

Watch this space for a detailed review.