Skoda has given the Kushaq yet another equipment update for 2022. This time, the carmaker has introduced a new variant – Style NSR – which sits just below the top-spec Style variant. While it misses out on a few features, the Kushaq range, as a whole, gets some additional equipment. Read on for more details.
- Kushaq NSR misses out on sunroof
- TPMS now standard across all variants
- Digital cockpit now available on Kushaq Style
Latest update brings many changes
The ‘NSR’ in the name stands for ‘Non Sunroof’ and as the name suggests, it misses out on a sunroof. Moreover, Skoda has also deleted rain-sensing wipers and auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror in this new variant. It also gets a smaller 15-inch spare wheel, instead of the larger 16-inch unit. However, the lack of a sunroof means the Style NSR gets a place for a sunglass holder, which the top-end model misses. The new trim is available only with the 1.0 TSI motor mated to the 6-speed manual transmission. At Rs 15.09 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Style NSR costs Rs 20,000 less than the equivalent Style variant.
Meanwhile, Skoda has introduced more standard features to the Kushaq range. The midsize SUV now gets Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) from the base variant, while the Style gets a new roof liner and a full-digital instrument cluster. Prices for the Kushaq remain unchanged, at Rs 11.29 lakh for the base 1.0 TSI Active variant going up to Rs 18.79 lakh for the top-end 1.5 TSI Style AT. The updated Kushaq is expected to hit showrooms by end of this month.
This is not the first equipment update for Kushaq this year. Owing to the global semiconductor shortage, Skoda had introduced Active Peace and Ambition Classic variants, which were available without the touchscreen infotainment system and the automatic climate control panel, respectively. While Active Peace is no longer available, Skoda continues to sell the Ambition Classic. Some of the missing features in the two variants, Skoda says, can be retrofitted later at an additional cost.
Another equipment update soon after saw Skoda replace the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an 8.0-inch unit in both, the Kushaq SUV and the Slavia sedan.
Powertrain options remain the same
There is no change to the powertrain options on the Kushaq. It continues to be powered by a 115hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine or a 150hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit. Buyers can opt for a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed torque converter automatic or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, depending on the engine.