Skoda’s smallest crossover is certain for India with upright styling and turbo energy, although an Australian arrival seems all however dominated out.

The 2021 Skoda Kushaq small SUV has been unveiled completely for the Indian market.

Set to go on sale in June 2021, the Kushaq serves as Skoda’s rival to a rising array of circa-four-metre-long SUVs designed particularly for India, together with the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.

Measuring 4221mm lengthy, 1760mm broad and 1612mm excessive, the Kushaq measures 20mm shorter in total size, 33mm narrower and 59mm taller than the small Skoda Kamiq offered in Australia, with the wheelbases of each automobiles similar at 2651mm.

There’s an opportunity the similar wheelbases could be attributed to the Indian-market mannequin’s MQB-A0-IN platform – a less expensive, India-specific variant of the MQB A0 structure underpinning the Kamiq and an array of different Volkswagen Group fashions.

Floor clearance can also be shared between the pair, at 188mm.

Impressed by the Imaginative and prescient IN idea of 2020, the Kushaq’s smaller footprint however taller physique than the Kamiq interprets to straight-sided styling and upright proportions, with interpretations of Skoda’s cut up LED headlights, trademark entrance grille, L-shaped LED tail-lights and different trademark SUV styling cues.

Alloy wheels as much as 17 inches in diameter fill the arches, whereas 5 exterior colors can be found, together with the Kushaq-specific Honey Orange and Twister Purple metallic hues.

Inside, a alternative of seven.0- or 10-inch touchscreens with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto sit within the centre of the dashboard, with higher-grade fashions gaining a Wi-Fi hotspot and satellite tv for pc navigation.

Skoda’s two-spoke steering wheel carries over to the Kushaq, although not like the Kamiq, there is no widescreen digital instrument cluster sitting behind it.

Entrance passengers within the flagship Model sit in ventilated leather-based seats, and are handled to computerized local weather management, an electrical sunroof, and white ambient lighting.

Different accessible consolation and comfort options embrace a six-speaker sound system with subwoofer, two USB-C ports, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, wi-fi smartphone charging, and keyless entry (however no push-button begin).

A variety of Skoda’s signature Merely Intelligent practicality touches are on provide, together with a 2.2-litre ‘Jumbo Field’ centre console storage bin (as a part of a complete of 26.2 litres of inside cupboard space), a ticket holder within the A-pillar, bag hooks within the boot, a non-slip entrance cupholder, and smartphone storage pockets within the entrance seatbacks.

The Skoda provides 385 litres of boot house behind the rear seats, with practicality aided by a 60:40 split-folding second-row bench.

Powering the Kushaq is a alternative of turbocharged petrol engines: an 85kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder, and a 110kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder.

Each mills are paired to six-speed guide transmissions driving the entrance wheels as customary, with a six-speed torque-converter computerized accessible with the three-cylinder as an possibility, or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto with the four-cylinder.

Digital stability management is customary throughout the Kushaq vary – a primary for the section in India, in accordance with Skoda – whereas different customary or optionally available help options embrace multi-collision braking, hill-hold help, cruise management, entrance and rear parking sensors, a reversing digicam and tyre strain monitoring.

As much as six airbags can be found, although entrance aspect and aspect curtain airbags are restricted to the choices listing.

Nevertheless, no lively security options can be found on any variant, from adaptive cruise management and lane-keep help to ahead collision warning and autonomous emergency braking.

Order books for the 2021 Skoda Kushaq will open in India in June, with first deliveries to start in July.

The mannequin might be offered completely in India, and subsequently will not make its technique to Australia – although even when a manufacturing slot for worldwide markets had been to open, the Kushaq’s lack of lively security applied sciences (which might seemingly result in a low ANCAP security rating) would rule it out for our market.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about automobiles since 2017, when he began his personal web site, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, earlier than becoming a member of CarAdvice in 2019, changing into a daily contributing journalist inside the information workforce in 2020.

Automobiles have performed a central function all through Alex’s life, from flicking by automobile magazines as a younger age, to rising up round efficiency automobiles in a car-loving household.

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