The new city SUV of the Mladá Boleslav brand will be based on the Vision In concept. Published sketches suggest that not much will change from the study.
Škoda is now in charge of the Indian market for the entire group, for which it is developing a completely new technology in the form of the MQB A0 In platform. It will be the first to be used by the city’s SUV Škoda Kushaq, which will be officially introduced to the world in a month, on March 18. So far, here are his first sketches.
The Mladá Boleslav carmaker thus continues to gradually uncover this model. She had revealed his name before, which is based on the expression of the ancient Indian language Sanskrit for the king, she also showed his masked prototype. The published drawings then suggest something about the serial appearance.
The design of the novelty was indicated for the first time last year studio Škoda Vision In, from which the serial car will be based directly. At the same time, the published sketches prove that it will be another concept of the Mladá Boleslav brand, which will be remarkably similar to a production car.
The bow with a characteristically shaped grille, divided headlights and distinctive cooling openings in the bumper will be practically preserved, although logically most likely without an illuminated grille. The announced shape of the side glazing will remain on the sides, as well as the Škoda inscription on the front fender or roof rails. There are L-shaped flashlights on the back, as well as a distinctive Škoda sign on the boot lid. However, the wide light band will be limited to the reflectors in the bumper, which will not be as pronounced. In any case, Kushaq retains a rather robust shape, accentuated by sharp edges.
Škoda has not yet allowed us to look into the Kushaq cab, but today a fashion concept with a free-standing infotainment display is expected, already indicated in the Vision In concept.
On the contrary, in terms of engines, the 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI petrol units, adapted to the environment of the Indian market, have already been confirmed. In particular, the engines should better handle the poorer quality of local fuel.
The Škoda Kushaq is part of the plan Indie 2.0, within which the Mladá Boleslav brand is developing a new technology for the Indian market, with which it wants to be more interested in this commercially interesting market. The MQB A0 In platform will be adapted to local conditions, local safety and emission standards, including the location of component production. Up to 95% of parts should be manufactured directly in India. So far, Škoda imports a large part of parts for cars manufactured in India.
So far, four models with MQB A0 In architecture are planned. Next to the Kushaq is a compact sedan, replacing Indian Skoda Rapid (modified VW Polo sedan) and two models sold with the characters of the parent Volkswagen. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the carmaker’s plans shifted, and Kushaq was originally scheduled to make its debut last autumn.