Skoda has launched the production of the smallest crossover in its range – the subcompact Kushaq. Since the target market for the model is India, it is also produced there – at the plant in the city of Shakan. However, in the future, the model may appear in other countries, incl. in the left-hand drive version.
Kushaq was introduced in March 2021, in fact it is a modified version of the Volkswagen Taigun. That, in turn, is a right-hand drive version of the T-Cross model, which debuted in 2018 and is produced in parallel in China, Brazil and Spain. Skoda, relative to Volkswagen, has its own body plumage, a different rear end design, original headlights and lanterns.
The length, width and height of the Kushaq are 4225, 1760 and 1612 mm, respectively, with a wheelbase of 2651 mm. The ground clearance is 188 mm. Trunk volume – 385 liters. The machine is based on the MQB-A0 platform in a specification adapted for bad roads.
The range of engines of the novelty includes two units – these are gasoline turbo engines with a volume of 1.0 or 1.5 liters. The first produces 110 hp. power, the second – 150 hp. In the standard configuration, both engines are combined with a 6-speed manual transmission, for an additional charge, a hydromechanical “automatic” is offered with a 1.0-liter unit (the number of steps is not specified), with a 1.5-liter unit, a 7-step “robot” with two clutches. Drive – only front, 4×4 transmission is not provided in principle.
The price of new items in India is 1-1.6 million rupees, depending on the configuration (1-1.6 million rubles).
Photo: Skoda Press Service.