ŠKODA StartsProduction of KUSHAQ SUV at Pune
Production of the KUSHAQ has begun at the ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited plant in Chakan in Pune, with deliveries to customers scheduled to start in July. The ŠKODA KUSHAQ is the first series-produced model to be manufactured locally in India as part of the INDIA 2.0 project. The SUV is based on the MQB-A0-IN version of the Modular Transverse Toolkit developed specifically for the Indian market. The new SUV combines a bold design with the spaciousness typical of a ŠKODA, a high degree of comfort, extensive safety features, efficient TSI engines and modern infotainment systems.
The name of the mid-size SUV is derived from Indian Sanskrit. In the millennia-old “language of the gods”, which is still used today, the word “kushak” denotes a king or an emperor. This is a perfect match for the powerful appearance of the new ŠKODA KUSHAQ. With modern and efficient TSI engines, its striking design, modern infotainment systems, a high level of comfort and safety features as well as the myŠKODA Connect & ŠKODA Play app, the new SUV is optimally primed for the successful launch of the brand’s model campaign on the Indian market.
Local development and production
The technical basis for the new ŠKODA KUSHAQ and future volume models is the locally designed and manufactured MQB-A0-IN platform. The platform is aligned with the new, stricter safety and emission specifications for India. ŠKODA has constructed a new MQB- A0-IN production line at the Pune plant, thereby achieving a localisation depth of up to 95 per cent. The development of this platform was largely carried out at the Technology Centre in Pune, which opened in January 2019. With their considerable technological expertise and in-depth knowledge of the local market conditions, the team of local employees can respond to changing customer needs more effectively, more flexibly and therefore much more quickly.
ŠKODA AUTO has lead responsibility for the Volkswagen Group’s activities in the Indian market