As part of the India 2.0 Project headed by Skoda Auto, the all-new Kushaq is the first of a new generation of vehicles developed on the MQB-A0-IN architecture, built around the challenging demands of the Indian customer.
Boasting traditional Skoda Auto attributes of design, quality, interior roominess, equipment, dynamics, efficiency, safety and comfort, Kusahq is made in India, made for the world, said a press release issued by the company.
The mid-size SUV will have its world premiere in March this year.
Introducing the new model, Mr Thomas Schäfer, CEO, Skoda Auto, said: “With our new Skoda Kushaq begins a new era for Skoda Auto on the Indian subcontinent. It’s the region where we oversee all Volkswagen Group activities within the scope of the India 2.0 project. The Kushaq marks the start of a model offensive consisting of four new Skoda and Volkswagen mid-size models. All of these vehicles will be based on the MQB-A0-IN version of the Modular Transverse Matrix, which Skoda Auto has specifically adapted to meet the needs of the Indian market. I’m very confident that this model will convince our Indian customers.”
Mr Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited, added: “The introduction of the all-new Skoda Kushaq marks the first of several launches as part of the India 2.0 project. Developed in India with the sophisticated, demanding consumer requirements in mind, the forthcoming launches on the India-specific MQB A0-IN platform is a matter of pride for us.”
With the launch of the Kushaq, Skoda Auto is entering the subcontinent’s rapidly growing mid-size SUV segment for the first time. Kusahq boasts optimal external dimensions for navigating Indian cities. At the same time, with a long wheelbase of 2,651 mm, it offers exceptional interior room for five occupants. With a large boot capacity there is ample room for luggage too.
Kushaq merges the crisp and sophisticated new design language of Skoda with exquisite details influenced by traditional Indian art and architecture. The overall silhouette is sleek despite the size and yet is rugged in appearance.
The car is powered by TSI engines that transfer power to the front wheels: 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre TSI. Three gearbox options will be offered, depending on the model: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic and a seven-speed DSG.
Kushaq will be offered with MySkoda Connect, a powerful suite of connectivity features that enhances the driving experience as well as security along with vehicle usage diagnosis.