2022 Skoda Kushaq - specially tuned for the Indian market | Mini Auto

Starting price: Rs 10-16 lakh ($13,473)

The all-new KODA KUSHAQ is the first production vehicle under the INDIA 2.0 project. Under the primary responsibility of ŠKODA AUTO, the Volkswagen Group is investing one billion euros in its model campaign on the Indian subcontinent to strengthen ŠKODA and Volkswagen's presence there in the long term. ŠKODA KUSHAQ is based on the MQB-A0-IN, a variant of the modular MQB platform specially adapted by ŠKODA for the Indian market and merges traditional ŠKODA qualities with the requirements of Indian customers. Available with a wide selection of powerful yet efficient TSI engines and outstanding design, state-of-the-art infotainment systems, high levels of comfort and numerous safety features, this all-new SUV is packed with ideal for a successful start to a corporate model campaign. Orders will be taken from June 2021 with the first KUSHAQs to be delivered in July 2021. As part of INDIA 2.0, a total of four ŠKODA and Volkswagen vehicles are based on the MQB-A0-IN. will hit the market - an SUV and a convertible for each brand, all four in the A0 segment. To achieve the best possible localization in India, ŠKODA has set up a new MQB production line at its Pune factory. Most of the development is happening at the new technology center, also in Pune, where the Czech automaker opened in January 2019. ŠKODA has set up a new MQB production line at its plant in Pune. Most of the development is happening at the new technology center, also in Pune, where the Czech automaker opened in January 2019. ŠKODA has set up a new MQB production line at its plant in Pune. Most of the development is happening at the new technology center, also in Pune, where the Czech automaker opened in January 2019.

Thomas Schäfer, CEO of ŠKODA AUTO, said: "Today is a very special day for ŠKODA and Volkswagen. With the world premiere of ŠKODA KUSHAQ, we are kicking off our model campaign on the Indian market and are fulfilling the task given to us by the Volkswagen Group About two and a half years ago when we were asked to assume responsibility for the Indian market I would like to thank Gurpratap Boparai and his team because of what they have achieved so far.We are currently focused on a smooth market launch and successful start of our new model, and setting a roadmap for the next steps on the Indian subcontinent. I believe in the great growth potential of the country. And we will make the most of that for ŠKODA and Volkswagen."

Gurpratap Boparai, CEO of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited, said: "The launch of KUSHAQ marks the beginning of a new era for ŠKODA AUTO and the Volkswagen Group in India. The latest addition. For the SUV family ŠKODA creates a compelling combination of emotional design, outstanding performance, outstanding build quality, exemplary value proposition, outstanding safety and a wide range of Simply Clever solutions. The first product designed and developed under the INDIA 2.0 project and based on the MQB A0 IN platform, ŠKODA KUSHAQ is inspired by the diversity of the vibrant country but resonates with the sensibility of the audience. With ŠKODA KUSHAQ, we are poised to tap into the growing demand for mid-size SUVs - a segment that is set to multiply in the next few years in India."

Local development and local production

ŠKODA AUTO has been responsible for promoting the INDIA 2.0 project on behalf of the Volkswagen Group on behalf of the Volkswagen Group since June 2018 and is also coordinating the activities of the Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini brands in India. Degree. The total investment in the project is one billion euros, including 275 million euros in research and development of new SUVs and convertibles. The focus of the project is a comprehensive ŠKODA and Volkswagen model campaign with vehicles suitable for the large displacement segment of the Indian market. Initially, the campaign will see the launch of two SUVs and two notched models in the A0 segment. All of them will be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, designed to meet the latest, more stringent safety and emissions requirements for India. In the second phase, the models made in India will then also be exported to other countries. To achieve the desired localization of 95% regarding development and production in India, ŠKODA has set up a new MQB production line at its Pune plant. Most of the development is done at the new technology center, which is also based in Pune and opened in January 2019. There, with the local staff's wealth of experience and expertise With respect to Indian preferences, ŠKODA can respond to the changing needs of its customers in a much more targeted, flexible and dynamic way. A total of 250 engineers will work at the technology center in Pune; More than 200 professionals have been hired.

The name of the mid-size SUV is derived from Sanskrit, an Indian language that is thousands of years old. In the 'language of the gods', still used today, the word 'kushak' denotes a king or emperor. This complements the strong look of the new ŠKODA KUSHAQ to perfection. The spelling with a 'K' at the beginning and a 'Q' at the end is consistent with the special nomenclature of the worldwide successful ŠKODA KODIAQ, KAROQ and KAMIQ SUVs.

Exterior: strong Indian look

Powerful, muscular and with a distinctive Indian flair: the all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ's exterior is perfectly tailored to the taste of local car buyers. The new SUV has plenty of ground clearance, large wheels and an innovative design - giving it a harmonious overall appearance. KUSHAQ also scored thanks to the spacious interior as typical of a ŠKODA. Depending on the trim level, the headlights have a crystalline structure using LED technology, which is standard for the taillights and brake lights. The metallic Honey Orange and Tornado Red paint colors, exclusively provided by ŠKODA in the Indian market, are particularly eye-catching.

The launch of ŠKODA KUSHAQ sees the brand enter India's fast-growing mid-size SUV segment. Along with the larger KODIAQ and KAROQ models, the KUSHAQ - developed specifically for India - is the third ŠKODA SUV in that market. Two colors, Honey Orange and Tornado Red, give KUSHAQ a distinctive Indian touch. ŠKODA offers these exclusively in India. In addition, the all-new SUV is available in Candy White, Reflex silver metallic and carbon steel metallic.

Ideal size makes it a great vehicle for India's megacities

The KUSHAQ is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, which has been specially adapted for India by ŠKODA, and its innovative design and ideal size make it a great companion in Indian cities. . The SUV is 4,221 mm long, 1,760 mm wide and 1,612 mm high. Its 2,651 mm long wheelbase - among the longest in its class - and 188 mm ground clearance make it seem much larger than it actually is. ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers plenty of space for five people to sit and with a capacity of 385 l, there is a spacious trunk. The entry-level trim line, Active, has 16-inch steel wheels and Lhotse all-wheel covers. On the Ambition trim level, the KUSHAQ comes with 16-inch Grus alloy wheels, while 17-inch Atlas two-tone alloys provide visual accents that are standard on the Style variant.

LED headlights and taillights

ŠKODA KUSHAQ's clear headlight has a two-part design. From the Ambition trim level upwards, this design includes a clear rear-lens LED module in the upper part for low beam and high beam, and a slim L-shaped LED module for the daytime running lights. day. The indicators come with classic bulbs, as well as fog lights on the lower part. This is the location of the daytime running lights on the entry-level Active version, equipped with Halogen lights. Together with the reflector in the bumper, the taillights have ŠKODA's signature crystal structure for a fresh look in the familiar C-shape. The rear lights and brake lights are equipped with LEDs that are efficient and responsive; The taillights are offered with the Style trim level, each with a classic bulb and an additional LED module.

Striking design and muscular appearance

ŠKODA has retained countless outstanding aspects of the VISION IN concept car in the production model without making any changes. With its distinctive front fascia and prominent bonnet, it clearly resembles KUSHAQ's ŠKODA family of SUVs at first glance. The veins of the wide grille are painted in glossy black and the chrome grille surrounds extend all the way to the headlights. The upper part of the muscular front bumper is the same body color, the lower part is black. From the Ambition trim level upwards, the underbody guards are finished in silver, as are the roof rails, which are black in the Active trim. The straight roofline as well as the swirling line at the height of the door handles make the car appear longer than it actually is. At the same time, the powerful wheel arches decorated with black plastic and black side skirts accentuate the sporty look of the KUSHAQ and give it a confident stance on the road. The Style variant also has chrome window frames and door handles. The clearly structured rear end is characterized by an elongated roof spoiler, blocky ŠKODA lettering on the rear doors and a bumper with a powerful rear diffuser, designed in silver from the Ambition trim line upwards.

Interior: spacious, elegant and with modern technology

The interior of ŠKODA KUSHAQ combines ergonomics with a harmonious and emotional design. The independent infotainment screen measuring up to 10 inches is the central element of the new interior concept that can be found in other current models of the Czech car manufacturer. As is typical of ŠKODA, KUSHAQ boasts a spacious interior as well as lots of Simply Clever features and plenty of storage options. The top trim level, the Style, comes with an impressive list of modern technologies and comfort features, such as the Climatronic with touch panel and ventilated leather front seats.

Even the entry-level variant of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ has particularly powerful air conditioning, and from Ambition and up the SUV boasts Climatronic with a touch panel. Even more ultra-modern features are offered in the top trim, the Style, which comes with ventilated leather front seats, KESSY keyless entry, power sliding glass roof and automatic rearview mirrors. blur.

Modern steering wheel and total furniture space up to 26.2 l

The interior of the KUSHAQ is dominated by a central, independent infotainment touchscreen; The line of characters running below refer to the silhouette of the ŠKODA grille. A unique storage option has been specifically designed to meet the needs of Indian customers: the utility niche on the dashboard. This is where the rider can keep a securely mounted lucky charm in plain sight. The latest ŠKODA-style two-spoke multifunction steering wheel is standard. From Ambition and up, this one is wrapped in leather, and cars with automatic transmission or DSG also have paddle shifters. All variants of the all-new SUV offer plenty of interior storage with a total capacity of up to 26.2 l. These include, for example, a 6.1-litre, air-conditioned glove compartment of Ambition versions and above, and a 2.2-litre Jumbo Box in the center console. In the front and back doors there is plenty of space to store bottles and other items. A cup holders can be found in the armrests of the rear seats, which can be folded down in a ratio of 60:40 from Ambition and up. Ambition trim also offers a compartment in the roof pad at the front to hold sunglasses, so they're always within reach.

Simply Clever features make everyday life easier

KUSHAQ also features the brand's typical Simply Clever solutions, i.e. small details that make everyday driving a little easier for customers. An example is the non-slip base in the cup holder in the center console, which allows the driver to easily and conveniently open a bottle of wine placed there with just one hand. Of course, the all-new KUSHAQ is also equipped with Simply Clever classics, such as a ticket holder on the A-pillar and a pocket hook in the trunk. The Style variant also includes a Phone Box at the front in which smartphones can be charged inductively and a smartphone pocket on the backs of the front seats.

Pleasant lighting and elegant atmosphere

Even in the entry-level variant, the ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers white ambient lighting and LED reading lights at the front and rear. From the Ambition version and up, ambient lighting also illuminates the instrument panel and door handles, while the door handles are chrome plated and the gear lever is wrapped in leather. The decor is particularly elegant. It offers an extended chrome package with decorative chrome trim on the dashboard as well as around the gear lever; The handbrake lock button is also sport chrome plated. The side panels of the ventilated front seats, as standard, are finished in leather, as are the flaps of the center armrest and the door armrests.

Connectivity: a choice of two infotainment systems with SmartLink

The all-new KODA KUSHAQ comes with a choice of two state-of-the-art infotainment systems, each allowing smartphone integration via SmartLink technology. Ambition and Style trim levels provide access to an impressive list of ŠKODA Connect mobile online services and an online app store, from which navigation functionality for the smart system can be downloaded. top entertainment news. The trim includes a standard ŠKODA sound system with a subwoofer housed in the spare wheel cavity.

A state-of-the-art infotainment system that allows smartphone integration and access to mobile online services through SmartLink technology is part of the standard equipment of the all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ. In the Active version, the system has a 7-inch color touch screen as well as a built-in microphone at the front, which, combined with Bluetooth functionality, allows hands-free calling while on the go. The USB-A port can be used to charge electronic devices or transfer data. The smartphone is connected by cable, which also provides access to ŠKODA Connect and the online app store. This system is compatible to play MP3 and WMA music files.

Top-of-the-line infotainment system with 10-inch screen

Ambition and Style trim levels include a top-of-the-line infotainment system with a 10-inch color touchscreen that has the same functions as the usual smartphone. The system also features dual receivers, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an external microphone for hands-free calling. On top of that, the system supports the Bluetooth 4.0 standard. Smartphones can be paired and access the online app store without cables using Wireless Smart Link technology. Downloading from an online app store allows for an extended range of functions, such as navigation. The necessary pre-installed GPS receiver is suitable for this purpose. There are two USB-C ports in the center console to connect and charge mobile devices via cable; The Style variant can also be equipped with a Phone Box at the front allowing the smartphone to be charged inductively. In addition to MP3 and WMA, this system can also play AAC and FLAC media files.

ŠKODA sound system with extra subwoofer

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 ensuring great sound. The ŠKODA sound system is part of standard equipment in the Style variant. In addition to the higher-performance speakers, it also offers a separate amplifier and a subwoofer located in the spare gear well.

ŠKODA Connecting Online Services

ŠKODA Connect mobile online services can be accessed at any time through the MyŠKODA app or the web portal. ŠKODA Connect displays Vehicle Condition Report clearly presented on smartphone. The system automatically stores important data every time the power is cut off. A remote vehicle access feature is also available, allowing owners to retrieve vehicle information and driving data, such as the car's parked location.

Safety: up to six airbags and numerous assistance systems hỗ

The all-new KODA KUSHAQ boasts excellent active and passive safety features, and is optionally equipped with a variety of convenient extras, such as Hill Hold Control and Tire Pressure Monitor. . The occupants are protected by up to six airbags, while ISOFIX and top anchor points are standard to ensure the highest possible safety for the youngest occupants in the vehicle.

With a wide range of active and passive safety features and a variety of convenient assistance systems, ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers an excellent level of protection for the driver and passengers. The ESC system always ensures a high level of driving safety, a standard feature in all versions. Multi-Collision Braking prevents possible subsequent collisions in the event of an accident. In the event of an accident, occupants are protected by up to six airbags: in addition to driver and front passenger airbags, KUSHAQ can be equipped with optional front side and curtain airbags. All headrests are height-adjustable, and the center seat in the back is also equipped with three-point seat belts. ISOFIX and top anchor points on the rear seats to accommodate child seats are standard.

Driver assistance system

There are a variety of assistance systems, some of which are optional, to assist the ŠKODA KUSHAQ driver and make his journeys more comfortable. These include, for example, hill-hold and cruise control as well as light and rain sensors, which automatically turn on the rain wipers or low beams when necessary. Rear parking sensors are standard equipment; Higher trim levels also come with a rear view camera and sensors at the front. Tire pressure gauge to monitor air pressure is an optional extra feature.

Powertrain: powerful and efficient 1.0 or 1.5 TSI engine

ŠKODA is using two efficient and powerful gasoline engines for KUSHAQ. Advanced TSI motors have power outputs from 85 kW (115 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS). The engines meet India's strict BS6 emissions standards and power them through a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic or 7-speed DSG.

The specially tuned MQB variant for India, the MQB-A0-IN platform, can equip the all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ with its advanced and efficient TSI engine. Thanks to the low fuel consumption, the direct injection gasoline engine can run for long distances. The entry-level TSI 1.0 generates 85 kW (115 PS) from its one-litre displacement. Power is transmitted to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Top engine with 7-speed DSG for comfort and dynamism

The 1.5 TSI has - at its face value - a displacement of 1.5 liters. Its 110 kW (150 PS) power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, the same as the 1.0 TSI. This engine can be configured with a 7-speed DSG with a gear ratio that offers the perfect combination of sportiness and comfort.

2022 Skoda Kushaq - specially tuned for the Indian market | Mini Auto 2022 Skoda Kushaq - specially tuned for the Indian market | Mini Auto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on June 28, 2021 Rating: 5

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