Skoda launched the all-new Slavia today. The new sedan will be a replacement for the Skoda rapid. Skoda had earlier unveiled the design sketches of this new sedan to hint at the new exterior styling of the car.
The Slavia is the second product from the Skoda -Volkswagen partnership under the India 2.0 project. Skoda conducted the launch event virtually due to the pandemic. The officials said it was a challenge to develop and manufacture a new car amid the ongoing pandemic and semiconductor shortage.
Skoda Slavia: Exterior styling
The new Skoda Slavia’ gets a unique and original crystalline design. The sharp contour and crisp lines on the exterior of the new sedan have not failed in showing the Skoda heritage and DNA. On the front, the new sedan comes with an all-LED headlamp with L-shaped LED DRLs. The grille comes in a butterfly shape with a chrome border like seen on the other cars by Skoda.
The new sedan is much bigger when compared to Rapid and has a coupe-type contour. The Bumper houses an edgy-looking foglamp mount, a wide air inlet, and a spoiler on the bottom. On the rear, the new split taillamp comes in a crystalline design. Skoda branding replaces the logo on the boot, and the rear bumper now houses an integrated diffuser.
Other exterior styling includes – ten-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels, and chrome bits on the front and the window line.
The new Slavia is larger than the first generation Octavia. Slavia is 4541mm long, 1723mm wide, and 1487mm tall. Also, the premium sedan has a wheelbase of 2651mm.
Skoda Slavia: Interior
Inside the cabin, the Slavia gets a multi-layer dashboard just like the Kushaq. In the center of the dashboard is a 25.4 cm floating touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is. Moreover, like the Kushaq the Slavia also comes with a two-spoke steering wheel. Behind the wheel is a new 20.32 cm digital instrument cluster. The larger structure allows more space in the interiors. In fact, the Slavia has a boot space of 521 liters.
Other features in the Slavia include- circular air vents, a sporty gear knob, wireless charging in the front, USB-c charging ports, smartphone pockets behind the front seats, and ventilated seats in the front.
Moreover, the new Slavia is not behind in safety features either, the Slavia gets 6 airbags, ABS, Isofix mount, traction control, vehicle stability management, rain and light sensor, electronic differential system, and Hill Hold.
The Czech automaker is also providing electronic stability control as standard across all variants.
Engine and transmission
The Skoda Slavia comes with the same engines featured in the Kushaq. The First motor is a 1.5-litre TSI that generates 113hp and 178Nm of torque. This engine is paired to a 6-speed manual or torque converter gearbox. The second 1.5-litre TSI engine can produce 148hp and 250 Nm of torque. However, this powerful engine gets an optional 7-speed DSG transmission as well. The 1.5-litre variant will be the most powerful sedan in this segment. The new generation 1.5-L TSI engine comes with an Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) to improve fuel efficiency at low speeds.
The new Slavia will be available in 3 different variants named – Active, Ambition, and Style. The premium sedan will be available in 5 distinct color options- Candy White, Brilliant Silver, carbon Steel, Tornado red, and Crystal blue which is specially mixed for the Slavia. Skoda India hasn’t announced the prices for the New Luxury sedan.
Although, the pricing of the Slavia is expected to be somewhere between Rs.10lakh – Rs. 15 lakhs. Bookings for the new Slavia start today and the deliveries will commence on the first quarter of 2022.
Skodas supremacy in making premium sedans is uncomparable. The Slavia will surely become one of the best luxury sedans in its segment. It will go against Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus.
Skoda has been in the country for the past 20 years and the company believes that 2021 will be a new era of growth for the Czech automaker in India.