Ebene Magazine – Crossover Skoda Kushaq, which stretches with Crete: salon again exposed ru

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Ebene Magazine - Crossover Skoda Kushaq, which stretches with Crete: salon again exposed ru

In India, tests of the Skoda compact SUV continue. There the premiere of the model is scheduled for March, it will go on sale in the summer. Cross is tipped a couple of turbo engines to choose from.

The forerunner of its new crossover – the Vision IN concept – was shown by Skoda in February 2020, and at the very beginning of this year the first teaser of the serial version was published, in addition, its name became known – Kushaq. The interpretation of marketers is as follows: in Sanskrit, in the ancient literary language of India, the word kushak was called a king or emperor, but « k » was replaced with « q » to fit the SUV into the brand’s lineup (Skoda has crossovers Kamiq, Karoq and Kodiaq). Indian roots are not accidental, because it was for this country that the cross was developed, and production will be established there. Skoda Kushaq test prototypes have repeatedly come across camera lenses, the interior was also exposed earlier. But the fresh footage at the disposal of the local edition of Rushlane is interesting because on them we see the salon of the novelty in the dark, that is, we can appreciate the multimedia and « tidying ».

So, the car in these pictures has a digital speedometer, the panel itself has a blue backlight. However, the Indians believe that in expensive trim levels the SUV will have a full-fledged color virtual “tidy”. The rather large touchscreen of the multimedia system stands separately – as promised by the Vision IN concept. The list of equipment will probably also include climate control; it is also possible that cruise control and several cameras will appear (one will be for sure).

As for the appearance, the Kushaq as a whole will retain the design of the show car, which, in turn, outwardly echoes the European Skoda Kamiq. At the same time, in comparison with the forerunner, the Indian model will have simpler bumpers, less wheels, and no hidden door handles. The dimensions of the serial crossover are still not disclosed. The length of the Skoda Vision IN concept is 4256 mm, the distance between the axles is 2671 mm (the “old-world” Kamiq has 4241 and 2651 mm, respectively).

Recall that the new SUV is based on the « trolley » MQB-A0-IN, created specifically for India, and Skoda itself was responsible for the development, which is now responsible for the activities of the entire Volkswagen concern in this country. The platform, in fact, is a cheaper version of the global MQB (by the way, the European Kamiq is built on the MQB-A0 « cart »), and in the future, all local new models of the Czech and German brands will be based on it.

For the Skoda Vision IN concept, a 150-horsepower petrol « turbo four » 1.5 TSI and a seven-speed robotized DSG gearbox were announced, and this pair is likely to go to Kushaq. Also, local specialized media are predicting a serial model « turbotroyka » 1.0 TSI and « mechanics ». The drive is probably only front.

The premiere of the serial Skoda Kushaq will take place in March, the novelty will be released on the Indian market in the summer. The main competitors there will be Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, that is, you can focus on the price tags of the « Koreans »: the « second » Creta in India today costs from 982,000 rupees (about 986,000 rubles at the current exchange rate), and the Kia SUV will cost at least 989,000 rupees (993,000 rubles). Skoda has not yet announced plans to sell Kushaq in other countries.

Meanwhile, a sister SUV from Volkswagen, the Taigun, will also appear in India this year.

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