Skoda previews interior sketches of soon-to-be-launched Kushaq SUV

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 04 Mar 2021


 The two interior sketches of the Kushaq reveal generous cabin space and dimensions along with multiple storage spaces .(Images: Zac Hollis/Twitter)

Skoda Auto India has revealed interior sketches of the Skoda Kushaq midsized SUV, whose global premiere in India is exactly two weeks away on March 18.  The two interior sketches reveal generous cabin space and dimensions along with multiple storage spaces.

As with other models from the Czech car manufacturer, the spacious interior typical of the brand features a large, free-standing infotainment display. The central element in the Kushaq cabin is a free-standing infotainment display with a screen diagonal of up to 10 inches. The interior design sketch also echoes the symmetrical contours of the Skoda grille.

A month before the Kushaq’s reveal, on February 18, Skoda had released two design sketches which reveal that the styling design sticks true to the Skoda Vision IN Concept,  which was first revealed at the Auto Expo 2020..

Skoda has adapted the MQB-A0-IN version of the Volkswagen Group's Modular Transverse Toolkit specifically for India. The SUV is the Czech carmaker’s first model under the ‘India 2.0’ revival strategy and christened Skoda Kushaq on January 7, was revealed in  camouflaged form last month. 

The Kushaq, which is built on Skoda’s MQB-A0-IN platform, aims to cater to the India-specific requirements of design, quality, roominess, equipment, dynamics, efficiency, safety and comfort. The SUV will be made in India at Skoda’s plant in Aurangabad, Maharashtra and also be exported to strategic right-hand-drive markets around the world.

As part of the INDIA 2.0 product campaign, it is the first of four models from the Skoda and Volkswagen brands to be manufactured locally in India. 

High on localisation
The cars planned as a part of the India 2.0 project aim for a high localisation level of up to 95 percent, with technical development taking place at Skoda Auto Volkswagen India’s state-of-the-art Technology Centre at Pune, opened in January 2019.

A team of 250 local engineers have played a major role in the development of the MQB-A0-IN and contributed to the development of the platform. Their wealth of technological expertise and detailed knowledge of the local market allow for a more targeted, flexible and much faster response to changing customer needs. By 2025, Skoda Auto and Volkswagen aim to achieve a combined market share of five percent in India, depending on market and segment development.

Volkswagen Group is investing a total of one billion euros in the project, including 275 million euros in research and development of SUVs and cars. The Czech brand is also orchestrating the activities of Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini in India. Almost, 30 models in total meet the requirements of various market segments and budgets.