Last year, the VW Group showed a very bullish face as it announced that Skoda would be in charge of India’s operations. A new company was born, named Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited. The Skoda Kushaq would be the first car to come under this new operation and it has a lot of driving on it, to be honest. Now let’s go deep into the Kushaq. In March 2021, the Skoda Kushaq will get its world premiere and will then be launched in India.
The truth behind the name
The word ‘Kushak’ is originally derived from Sanskrit and is not a Czech word. The company was very confident that they wanted to give their newest SUV a proper Indian touch and thus a name. Skoda, however, definitely played around a little with the term and used a ‘q’ instead of a ‘k’ at the end. This then allowed them, in their portfolio, to keep the name in sync with other SUVs. The name Kushak means ‘King’ in general, and that’s exactly what Skoda strives to be. That would mean defeating the ring’s current king, the Hyundai Creta, by the way.
The transformation from concept to manufacturing
The Kushaq was first shown by Skoda as the Vision IN concept last year. The VW also unveiled the Taigun at the same time and that one too will be launched after the Kushaq, not to forget. The Vision IN was a pretty fancy looking thing then. However a lot of the ‘glitter’ in the production car will vanish, what will remain is the overall look. The grille looks pretty interesting and the lights will be sleek as well. The all-new KODA Kushaq features LED headlights and daytime running lights, dependent on the trim level. Effective and instantaneously responsive LEDs are also fitted with the tail and brake lights. The highly camouflaged cars have revealed that chunky tyres and sporty alloys would come with the Kushaq. A sense of muscle is provided to the SUV by the flared fenders. We felt inside that the concept version was a very spacious one and there was plenty of space even at the rear. The boot was also very deep and seemed capable of fitting in generous quantities of cargo.
The Skoda Kushaq was conceptualized as a petrol SUV, to begin with. A diesel option is not on the cards. There will, however, be some petrol variants, including a 1.0-liter TSI petrol engine and a 1.5-liter TSI engine. Depending on the model, three gearbox choices will be offered: a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, and a 7-speed DSG. There is bad news for all those considering the Kushaq to feature AWD. The Kushaq will be available in FWD only.
The Skoda Kushaq will have up to six airbags for the driver and the front passenger, optional front side airbags, and curtain airbags, while the ESC standard for all trims guarantees improved driving safety. Hill-Hold Control, rain and light sensors and a cruise control system enhance safety and convenience. The car will come with a tyre pressure monitor, depending on the trim level, to keep an eye on the air pressure.