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First Ever Global Model Made in India – Skoda Kushaq Details Officially Revealed

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As part of the INDIA 2.0 project headed by ŠKODA AUTO, the all-new Skoda 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 ŠKODA AUTO attributes of design, quality, interior roominess, equipment, dynamics, efficiency, safety and comfort, the all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ is made in India, made for the world.

With a wheelbase of 2,651 mm, the mid-size SUV offers a generous amount of interior space for passengers and luggage, while performance is assured via a choice of two powerful yet efficient TSI engines. The all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ will celebrate its World Premiere in March 2021.

With the launch of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ – a car that has been specially developed for the Indian market – ŠKODA AUTO is entering the subcontinent’s rapidly growing mid-size SUV segment for the first time and joins the KODIAQ and KAROQ in the ŠKODA AUTO India line-up. Based on the highly versatile MQB-A0-IN vehicle architecture, the ŠKODA KUSHAQ boasts optimal external dimensions for navigating Indian cities. At the same time, with a long wheelbase of 2,651 mm, the ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers exceptional interior room for five occupants. With a large boot capacity, there is ample room for luggage too. The new SUV is highly versatile as one would expect from a Simply Clever ŠKODA.

The all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ closely follows the ŠKODA VISION IN concept, as seen at the Delhi Auto Expo in February 2020. It merges the crisp and sophisticated new design language of ŠKODA with exquisite details influenced by traditional Indian art and architecture. The overall silhouette is sleek despite the size and yet is rugged in appearance, as exhibited by the ŠKODA AUTO SUV range. The all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ promises to bring a new level of visual appeal when it will be seen on Indian roads. The lighting adds to the character: depending on the trim level, the ŠKODA KUSHAQ features LED headlights and daytime running lights. The tail and brake lights are also fitted with efficient and instantaneously responsive LEDs.

The all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ is powered by efficient 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 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and a 7-speed DSG. Keeping with the benefits of TSI technology, both engines will offer enthusiastic performance yet outstanding mileage.

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The all-new Skoda Kushaq will be offered with MyŠKODA Connect, a powerful suite of connectivity features that enhances the driving experience as well as security along with vehicle usage diagnosis. Over and above that, the modern infotainment systems will come with a central touch screen. Also, to ensure a pleasant interior temperature, each car features air conditioning or automatic Climatronic, depending on the trim level.

The all-new Skoda Kushaq offers excellent active and passive safety as well as numerous assistance systems. Occupants are protected by up to six airbags – for the driver and front passenger, optional front side airbags and curtain airbags – while ESC as a standard for all trims, ensures increased driving safety. Hill-Hold Control, rain and light sensors and a cruise control system improve both safety and comfort. Depending on the trim level, the car will come with tyre pressure monitor to keep an eye on the air pressure.

Since June 2018, ŠKODA AUTO has been overseeing all Volkswagen Group activities in the Indian subcontinent as part of the INDIA 2.0 project. The aim is to implement a sustainable model campaign for ŠKODA AUTO and Volkswagen in the volume segments on the Indian market. Volkswagen Group is investing a total of one billion euros in the project, including 275 million euros in research and development of SUVs and cars. The Czech brand is also orchestrating the activities of Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini in India. Almost, 30 models in total meet the requirements of various market segments and budgets.

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For the first time, ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited is developing a vehicle based on the MQB platform. The MQB-A0-IN – developed locally – provides the technical basis for the all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ as well as for other volume models still to come. The versatility of the platform meets the new, stricter safety and emission requirements for India and can be adapted for future regulations. The cars planned as a part of the INDIA 2.0 project aims for a high localisation level of up to 95 per cent, with technical development taking place at the state-of-the-art Technology Centre at Pune, opened in January 2019. A team of 250 local engineers have played a major role in the development of the MQB-A0-IN and contributed to the development of the platform. Their wealth of technological expertise and detailed knowledge of the local market allow for a more targeted, flexible and much faster response to changing customer needs. By 2025, ŠKODA AUTO and Volkswagen aim to achieve a combined market share of five per cent in India, depending on market and segment development.

Back in the second half of the 1930s, the car manufacturer exported up to 90 vehicles a year to India, after several globetrotters had driven to the subcontinent in their ŠKODA AUTOs. By 1938, India had become the seventh largest of ŠKODA AUTO’s then 39 export markets. The Czech car manufacturer didn’t establish its own subsidiary in India until 2001. Currently, SAVWIPL operates two facilities (located in Aurangabad and Pune) and runs the technology centre in Pune as well as the ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab India (with offices in Gurugram and Pune), which was opened at the beginning of 2020. At present, ŠKODA AUTO’s line-up for the Indian market includes the RAPID, OCTAVIA and flagship SUPERB, as well as the KODIAQ and KAROQ SUVs.

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ŠKODA AUTO India had christened its midsized SUV, the first vehicle designed and developed under the purview of the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, as the ‘ŠKODA KUSHAQ’. The naming nomenclature derives its origin from an ancient language of the INDIAN subcontinent, Sanskrit, and the word ‘KUSHAK’ denotes ‘KING’ or ‘EMPEROR’. In its stance, and mannerism, the powerful new Skoda Kushaq! personifies its moniker, and at the same time, reflects upon its 125 years of rich history and heritage – a legacy that substantiates the brand claim ‘Driven by Inventiveness and Clever Ideas – Since 1895’. Further, the anointment with ‘K’ at the very start and ‘Q’ at the very end coherently resonates the virtues of the ŠKODA SUV family: KODIAQ, KAROQ, and KAMIQ.

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