Skoda Auto has been long working on a Creta rival for the Indian market, born out of the Vision IN concept, the Kushaq is set to debut this Summer with a global unveil in March this year.
The name Kushaq means emperor in Sanskrit and makes sense for the brands idea of naming as it intends to showcase the idea of it set to be a game changing model the company.
The Kushaq is the brands first product to be based off the Made for India MQB AO IN platform under the MQB AO IN program and is expected to achieve close to 92% localisation when it readies for launch mid 2021.
The Kushaq design wise is expected to mirror the Vision IN concept when it shows up in production ready guise. At a close doors preview held recently in Goa, the Vision IN aka Kushaq was shown in fully camouflaged pre production form to a selected set of media persons to gain important feedback.
The Kushaq is also set to come loaded to the gills with features and technology, the automaker boats of offering climatronic air conditioning, modern infotainment system and much more. Also on offer is huge range of safety features like six airbags, ESC, hill hold control, cruise control along with rain and light sensors.
The folks at Skoda have also disclosed that depending on the trim the car will come with tyre pressure monitoring system which is aimed at helping the driver of the vehicle keep an eye on the air pressure of the tyres.
Powering the Kushaq under the hood will only be petrol engines, while power and torque figures are under wraps, we do know the motors will be 1.0 litre and 1.5 litre TSI petrol engines along with 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and 7-speed DSG transmissions.
Although it’s been a long wait for Skoda’s new SUV, will it be worth the wait or will it be just another model in the fray, time will tell. Pricing will also pay a crucial role here as well and Kushaq is expected to be getting an attractive price tag upon launch.
However the Kushaq when it does arrive it will compete a whole load of hot rivals in the segment, these will includes its own cousin the Volkswagen Taigun along with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier among many more upcoming models including the much anticipated new gen Mahindra XUV5OO.