Skoda Kushaq revealed: new B-segment SUV for India
Skoda has been teasing its new Kushaq because the begin of the 12 months, and now the automotive is lastly prepared for its world premiere. The B-segment crossover designed for India enters a booming phase that additionally counts the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta amongst its members (the all-conquering Honda HR-V just isn’t offered there).
The Kushaq is constructed on an India-specific variant of the MQB A0 platform, MQB A0 IN, and is barely smaller than the Kamiq on the European market. It is 20mm shorter (4221mm) and 33mm narrower (1760mm) however 59mm taller (1612mm), whereas its wheelbase is similar at 2651mm. The automotive’s floor clearance can be 23mm increased at 188mm to deal with the nation’s typically tough roads.
On the surface, the Kushaq will get a lot of its styling from final 12 months’s Imaginative and prescient IN, sporting many Skoda-specific design cues. The commonly angular physique incorporates a big hexagonal grille, cut up ‘crystal’ headlamps (out there with LEDs), a triple air consumption design, Skoda entrance fender appliques and distinctive twin shoulder traces.
On the rear you will discover inverted L-shaped tail lights that are mirrored by the reflectors under. Black plastic physique cladding and silver skid plates and roof rails add a contact of ruggedness to the design. As commonplace, the Kushaq comes with 16-inch metal wheels with plastic hubcaps, whereas 16- and 17-inch alloys can be found as you progress by means of the vary of variants.
Inside, the Kushaq sports activities a easy cabin with a two-spoke steering wheel, floating touchscreen, and hexagonal nook air vents, each derived from the Imaginative and prescient IN. The infotainment system is obtainable with seven- and ten-inch screens, with the premium model providing an internet retailer for options like navigation. Wi-fi charging of smartphones and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wi-fi connectivity are additionally out there.
The automotive additionally advantages from neat ‘Merely Intelligent’ options, together with giant door bins with elastic straps, a parking ticket holder on the A-pillar, hooks for purchasing luggage within the trunk and entrance cup holders with an adhesive rubber liner to permit drivers to open a water bottle with one hand. Skoda says the storage compartment on the high of the dashboard was designed for Indian clients, permitting house owners to position a deity determine for good luck.
Air-con comes commonplace, however consumers can even specify single-zone computerized air con, crammed with a cooled glove field and probably tedious touchscreen management panel; a sunroof can be put in on the highest trim. The trunk measures 385 liters, which is a bit smaller than the 433 liters of the Seltos and Creta.
Skoda claims the Kushaq is the primary automotive in India to be fitted with commonplace stability management. Additionally commonplace, two airbags and ISOFIX youngster seat anchorages within the rear, whereas hill begin help and as much as six airbags are a part of the choice record.
The Kushaq is powered by a alternative of two turbocharged TSI engines. The 115-hp 1.0-liter three-cylinder is obtainable with guide and six-speed computerized transmission choices, whereas the 150-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder is paired with the guide or a transmission. Seven-speed dry dual-clutch DSG.