Skoda unveils ‘Made in India’ Kushaq for world

First production model based on MQB-A0-IN platform, Combines distinctive qualities with preferences of Indian customers

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SkodaSkoda Auto is all set to launch the all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ is the first of a new generation of vehicles developed on the MQB-A0-IN architecture.

It is built around the challenging demands of the Indian customer by boasting traditional ŠKODA AUTO attributes of design, quality, interior roominess, equipment, dynamics, efficiency, safety and comfort. The company said it is made in India, made for the world.

Thomas Schäfer, CEO, ŠKODA AUTO, stated: “With our new ŠKODA KUSHAQ begins a new era for ŠKODA AUTO on the Indian subcontinent. It’s the region where we oversee all Volkswagen Group activities within the scope of the INDIA 2.0 project.”

The KUSHAQ marks the start of a model offensive consisting of four new ŠKODA and Volkswagen mid-size models. All of these vehicles will be based on the MQB-A0-IN version of the Modular Transverse Matrix, which ŠKODA AUTO has specifically adapted to meet the needs of the Indian market. I’m very confident that this model will convince our Indian customers, he added.

According to Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited, “The introduction of the all-new ŠKODA KUSHAQ marks the first of several launches as part of the INDIA 2.0 project.”

India specific platform

Developed in India with the sophisticated, demanding consumer requirements in mind, the
forthcoming launches on the India-specific MQB A0-IN platform is a matter of pride for us. ŠKODA KUSHAQ has been built using extensive on-ground intelligence and has been localised to offer tremendous value without any compromise in our legendary quality.

With a wheelbase of 2,651 mm, the mid-size SUV offers 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.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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