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 Skoda Kushaq is made in India, made for the world is finally here.
The two colours, metallic Honey Orange and Tornado Red provide the KUSHAQ with a special Indian touch. ŠKODA offers these exclusively in India. In addition, the brand-new SUV is also available in Candy White, metallic Reflex Silver and metallic Carbon Steel.
Skoda Kushaq is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, which has been specially adapted by ŠKODA for India, and its innovative design and ideal dimensions make it an excellent companion in India’s metropolises. The SUV is 4,225 mm long, 1,760 mm wide and has a height of 1,612 mm. Its long wheelbase of 2,651 mm – which is among the longest in the segment – and a ground clearance of 188 mm makes it appear much larger than it actually is. The Skoda Kushaq offers plenty of space for five occupants and, with a capacity of 385 l, has a generous boot. The entry-level trim line, Active, features 16-inch steel wheels and Lhotse full wheel covers. In the Ambition trim level, the KUSHAQ comes with Grus 16-inch alloy wheels, while 17-inch Atlastwo-tone alloys provide a visual highlight as standard for the Style variant.
The clear-cut headlights of the Skoda Kushaq feature a two-part design. From the Ambition trim level upwards, this design consists of an LED module behind a clear lens in the upper part for low beam and high beam, and a thin, L-shaped LED module for the daytime running lights. The indicators come with classic bulbs, as do the fog lights in the lower section. This is where the daytime running lights are located on the entry-level Active variant, which is equipped with halogen lights. Together with the reflectors in the bumper, the rear lights featuring the ŠKODA-typical crystalline structures create a fresh look in the familiar C-shape. Tail and brake lights are fitted with efficient and instantaneously responsive LEDs; the taillights offered with the Style trim level each feature classic light bulbs and an additional LED module.
ŠKODA has retained a wealth of the striking VISION IN concept car’s aspects in the production model virtually without making any changes. Featuring a distinctive front and prominent bonnet, the KUSHAQ’s ŠKODA SUV family resemblance is clear at first glance. The ribs of the wide grille are gloss black and the chrome grille surround extends to the headlights. The upper section of the muscular front bumper is body-coloured, the lower part is black. From the Ambition trim level upwards, the underbody protection comes in a silver finish, as do the roof rails, which are black in the Active trim. A straight roofline, as well as a tornado line at the height of the door handles, make the vehicle appear longer than it actually is. At the same time, the powerful wheel arches set off with black plastic trim and black side skirts bring out the KUSHAQ’s athletic look and lend it a self-assured stance on the road. The Style variant also features chrome-plated window frames and door handles. The clearly structured rear is characterised by the elongated roof spoiler, the ŠKODA lettering in block letters on the tailgate and the bumper with a robust rear diffuser, which is set off in silver from the Ambition trim line upwards.
Interior: spacious, elegant and with modern technologies
› A free-standing, central display and several storage options set the tone in the interior
› Climatronic with touch control panel and ventilated leather front seats available
› Numerous ŠKODA-typical Simply Clever solutions and an India-specific utility recess on the dashboard
A freestanding infotainment display measuring up to 10 inches is the central element of the new interior concept that can be found in other current models from the Czech car manufacturer. As is typical of ŠKODA, the KUSHAQ boasts a spacious interior as well as a plethora of Simply Clever features and plenty of storage options. The top-of-the-range trim level, Style, comes with an impressive list of modern technologies and comfort features, such as the theClimatronic with a touch control panel and ventilated leather front seats.
Even the entry-level variant of the Skoda Kushaq features particularly powerful air conditioning, and from Ambition upwards, the SUV boasts Climatronic with a touch control panel. Even more ultra-modern features are offered in the range-topping trim, Style, which comes with ventilated leather front seats, KESSY keyless entry, an electric sliding glass roof and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The interior of the KUSHAQ is dominated by a central, free-standing infotainment touchscreen; the character line running below this makes reference to the silhouette of the ŠKODA grille. A unique storage option has been specially designed to meet the needs of Indian customers: a utility recess on the dashboard. This is where the driver can keep a firmly attached lucky charm in clear view. A two-spoke multifunction steering wheel in the latest ŠKODA styling comes as standard. From Ambition upwards, this is upholstered in leather, and vehicles with an automatic transmission or DSG also feature shift paddles. All variants of the brand-new SUV offer numerous storage compartments in the interior with a total capacity of up to 26.2 l. These include, for example, the 6.1-litre glove compartment, which is air-conditioned from the Ambition trim upwards, and the 2.2-litre Jumbo Box in the centre console. In the front and rear door panels, there is plenty of room for storing bottles and other items. A cup holder can be found in the armrest of the rear seat, which folds down in a ratio of 60:40 from Ambition upwards. The Ambition trim also offers a compartment in the roof lining in the front for keeping sunglasses, so they are always within easy reach.
The KUSHAQ also features the brand’s typical Simply Clever solutions, i.e. the small details that make every day driving that little bit easier for customers. One example is the non-slip base in the cup holder in the centre console, allowing the driver to easily and conveniently open a bottle placed there with just one hand. Of course, the brand-new KUSHAQ is also equipped with Simply Clever classics, such as the ticket holder on the A-pillar and the bag hooks in the boot. The Style variant also includes the Phone Box in the front, in which a smartphone can be charged inductively, and smartphone storage pockets on the front seatbacks.
Even in the entry-level variant, the ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers white ambient lighting and LED reading lights in the front and rear. From the Ambition trim level upwards, the ambient lighting also illuminates the dashboard and door handles, while the door handles are chrome-plated and the gearstick knob is upholstered in leather. The Style trim is particularly elegant. It offers an extended chrome package with decorative chrome trim on the instrument panel as well as the gearstick surround; the handbrake locking button also sports a chrome look. The side bolsters of the ventilated front seats, which come as standard, are finished in a leather-look, as are the covers of the centre armrest and the armrests in the doors.
Connectivity: choice of two infotainment systems with SmartLink
› Colour touchscreens measuring 7 or 10 inches
› Navigation function can be downloaded from the online app store as an option
› Style trim level: ŠKODA sound system with subwoofer in spare-wheel well
The brand-new Skoda Kushaq comes with a choice of two modern infotainment systems, each of which enables smartphone integration via SmartLink technology. The Ambition and Style trim levels offer access to an impressive list of ŠKODA Connect mobile online services and an online app store, from where a navigation function can be downloaded for the range-topping infotainment system. The Style trim includes a ŠKODA sound system as standard with a subwoofer placed in the spare wheel well.
Modern infotainment systems that enable smartphone integration and access to mobile online services via SmartLink technology are part of the standard equipment in the brand-new Skoda Kushaq. In the Active trim level, the system features a 7-inch colour touchscreen as well as a built-in microphone in the front which, in conjunction with Bluetooth functionality, enables hands-free phone calls when on the road. A USB-A port can be used to charge electronic devices or transfer data. A smartphone is connected by cable, which also provides access to ŠKODA Connect and the online app store. The system is compatible to play MP3 and WMA music files.
The Ambition and Style trim levels include the range-topping infotainment system with a 10-inch colour touchscreen that has the same functionalities as is common for smartphones. This system also features a dual tuner, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an external microphone for hands-free phone calls. On top of this, the system supports Bluetooth standard 4.0. Smartphones can be paired and the online app store accessed without the need for a cable using Wireless SmartLink technology. Downloads from the online app store allow for the range of functions to be expanded, for example, by a navigation function. The GPS receiver required has been pre-installed accordingly for this purpose. There are two USB-C ports in the centre console as well as two at the rear console for connecting and charging mobile devices via cable; the Style variant can also be equipped with a Phone Box in the front which allows smartphones to be charged inductively. In addition to MP3 and WMA, this system can also play AAC and FLAC media files.
The Skoda Kushaq comes with six high-performance speakers as standard – two separate tweeters and bass speakers in the front and two two-way speakers in the rear – providing a wide frequency range and guaranteeing excellent sound. The ŠKODA sound system is part of the standard equipment in the Style variant. In addition to higher-performance speakers, it also offers a separate amplifier and a subwoofer that is located in the spare wheel well.
The ŠKODA Connect mobile online services can be accessed at any time via the MyŠKODA app or the web portal. ŠKODA Connect displays a clearly laid out Vehicle Health Report on the smartphone. The system automatically stores important data every time the ignition is switched off. Remote vehicle access is also available, which allows owners to retrieve vehicle information and driving data, including the car’s parking location for instance.
Safety: up to six airbags and a wealth of assistance systems
› an Extensive range of assistance and safety features for outstanding active and passive safety
› ESC as standard with all trims, first in the segment in India
› Hill-Hold Control and tyre pressure monitoring are optional extras
› ISOFIX and top tether anchor points enable safe installation of child seats
The brand-new Skoda Kushaq boasts excellent active and passive safety features and has the option to be fitted with numerous convenient extras, such as Hill-Hold Control and a tyre pressure monitor. Occupants are protected by up to six airbags, while ISOFIX and top-tether anchor points come as standard to ensure the greatest possible safety for the vehicle’s youngest passengers.
High levels of driving safety are ensured at all times by the ESC system, which is a standard feature in all variants. The Multi-Collision Brake prevents potential follow-on collisions in the event of an accident. Should an accident occur, the vehicle’s occupants are protected by up to six airbags: in addition to airbags for the driver and front passenger, the KUSHAQ can be fitted with optional front side airbags and curtain airbags. All headrests are height-adjustable, and the centre seat in the rear is also equipped with a three-point seat belt. ISOFIX and top-tether anchor points on the rear seats to fit child seats come as standard.
There are numerous assistance systems, some of which are optional, to support drivers of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ and to make journeys even more comfortable. These include, for example, Hill Hold Control and cruise control as well as light and rain sensors which automatically switch on the low beam or windscreen wipers when required. Rear parking sensors are fitted as standard; the higher trim levels also come with a rear-view camera and sensors at the front. A tyre pressure monitor to keep an eye on the air pressure is an optional extra.
Powertrains: powerful and efficient 1.0 or 1.5 TSI engines
› Two powerful and efficient TSI petrol engines provide power outputs ranging from 85 kW (115 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS)
› 6-speed manual gearbox, 6-speed automatic transmission and 7-speed DSG
ŠKODA is making use of two efficient and powerful petrol engines for the KUSHAQ. The advanced TSI engines have a power output ranging between 85 kW (115 PS) and 110 kW (150 PS). The engines meet India’s stringent BS6 emission standards and put their power to the road via a 6-speed manual gearbox, a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 7-speed DSG.
The MQB variant specially adapted for India, the MQB-A0-IN platform, makes it possible to equip the brand-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ with advanced and efficient TSI engines. Thanks to their low fuel consumption, the direct-injection petrol engines enable long ranges. The entry-level 1.0 TSI produces 85 kW (115 PS) from its displacement of one litre. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Top-of-the-range engine with 7-speed DSG offers comfort and dynamism
The 1.5 TSI has – as its denomination suggests – a displacement of 1.5 litres. Its power output of 110 kW (150 PS) is delivered to the front wheels via a manual 6-speed gearbox, the same as with the 1.0 TSI. This engine can be configured with a 7-speed DSG with gear ratios that offer a perfect blend of sportiness and comfort.
This new Skoda is set to change the game for the brand.