With the Octavia’s launch around the corner, you’d be expecting Skoda’s production line to be readying itself for the executive sedan’s demand. Without a doubt, they are. But they’ve been readying themselves for another, yet very important launch as well. Skoda has begun production of the Kushaq, their upcoming mid-size SUV at their Chakan facility.
Based on the India-spec MQB-A0-IN platform, the Skoda Kushaq aims to compete with the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos, but the Czech manufacturer won’t be launching it with a diesel powertrain. It will however come with two petrol options – a 1.0-litre TSI three-cyl and a 1.5-litre TSI four-cyl. While both will be available with a manual transmission, there will be two options for the automatic transmissions. A six-speed torque-converter for the 1.0-litre engine and a seven-speed DSG for the 1.5-litre engine.
It’s a hotly contested segment, but the Kushaq plans on offering a feel-good factor with its premium build, high-quality materials, and tough build quality. On offer is a 10-inch infotainment system with wireless SMARTLINK connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electric-sunroof, 17-inch dual-tone wheels, LED headlamps, ventilated front seats, wireless charging, six-speakers with a subwoofer as well.
If you’re still wondering, the name of the mid-size SUV is derived from Sanskrit, meaning ‘language of the gods’. Skoda claims that the Kushaq’s powerful appearance matches the aptness of the name, and we’d certainly want to believe that. Expect to be priced between the Rs 12- Rs 18 lakh mark, we expect Skoda to rope in more buyers with an aggressive pricing strategy. Can we expect a RS version? We sure hope for it, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.