Skoda and VW recently announced that Kushaq and Taigun will now not feature auto-foldable ORVMs in any of the variants. The automotive industry in India has been facing an issue of shortage of semiconductor chips for a very long time now due to which the company had to take this decision to ensure timely delivery of cars.
To avail such features, the car manufacturers need to install more such semiconductors whereas with the ongoing shortage it was getting difficult for the company to manage regular production. Skoda and Volkswagen have deleted auto-foldable ORVMs feature across all the models and the same has been updated on the website as well.?
This issue was spotted on Twitter where a user directly questioned Zac Hollis, Director of Skoda India about this issue. In response to the tweet, Zac Holis responded that due to the shortage of semiconductors in the industry the company had to take this step.
This issue of shortage of the chips is not just faced in the Indian market but is also creating a lot of trouble in the international markets as well. If this feature was not deleted then the company might start facing issues in delivering the SUVs on time.
The 2022 Skoda and VW Kushaq and Taigun will now offer manually foldable ORVMs. There is one clarity that the company still needs to give is on the electric adjustments of the ORVMs. There is a possibility that with deletion of auto-foldable ORVMs the electric adjustments might also be removed. Over the past few months, the SUVs since its launch have already received a hike in prices and this step also reflects a move towards cost-cutting.
Glancing at the list of other common features in both SUVs, they remain intact. Features like 10-inch infotainment system compatible with smartphone connectivity, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, cooled glove-box, wireless charging, ambient lighting, telescopic steering wheel and other common features remain the same.
Volkswagen Taigun sets itself apart from Kushaq by its all-digital cockpit that is not there in Kushaq. Otherwise, the SUVs also share safety features with each other such as ABS with EBD, Six Airbags, Multi-Collision braking, Roll-Over protection, ESC, Hill Hold Assist, Disc Brake wiping, and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
Talking about the SUVs specifications, both the cars are available with a choice of 1.0-litre TSI engine and 1.5-litre TSI engine. The former one is capable of producing 114bhp of maximum power and 178 Nm of peak torque whereas the latter one can churn out 148bhp of maximum power and 250 Nm of peak torque.
Skoda and Volkswagen SUVs are available with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard whereas the 1.0-litre gets an optional torque converter transmission and the 1.5-litre offers a seven-speed DSG gearbox as an option.
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