Skoda Unveils the Slavia
Skoda has just unveiled the Slavia sedan, which will replace the existing Rapid and compete in India against Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Hyundai Verna.
The epithet Slavia, which means "glory," was also used for Skoda's first bicycle, which was built over 150 years ago. The Skoda Slavia is a Sedan car built on the MQB-A0-IN platform and shares its roots with the Skoda Kushaq.
It is a Volkswagen Group platform created exclusively for the Indian market to meet the country's new safety and emission standards.
Skoda Slavia has opened a new MQB production line in Pune, with the goal of localizing 95 percent of production. The Skoda Slavia has a length of 4,541 mm, a width of 1,752 mm, a height of 1,487 mm, a boot capacity of 521 liters, and a wheelbase of 2,651 mm.
This Skoda Car has 128 mm longer, 53 mm wider, and 21 mm taller than the Skoda Rapid, and comes in three trim levels: Active, Ambition, and Style. While the base model has halogen headlights with LED DRLs, the top-of-the-line variant has a hexagonal LED headlamp unit with a stylish L-shaped LED strip for the DRL.
Skoda Slavia wheel options range from a 15-inch steel wheel with hubcaps to 16-inch silver-colored wheels on the higher-end trims (Ambition & Style) and a brushed two-tone colored wheel on the top-end trim.
Buyers can choose from five different body colors (Tornado Red, Crystal Blue, Candy White, Reflex Silver, and Metallic Carbon Steel)
The top-of-the-line trim of Skoda Slavia comes with an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, whereas lower trim levels only have analog instruments. The leather-wrapped two-spoke steering wheel featured on other models is also available on mid-spec and higher variants.
Even the entry-level Active model comes with strong air conditioning. From the Ambition trim level above, the Skoda Slavia has a touch-control Climatronic with Air Care function and rear air vents.
The top-end variant "Style", comes standard with heated leather front seats, an electric sliding glass roof, keyless entry, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, among other features. The entry-level Skoda Slavia has a 7-inch touchscreen, while the mid-spec and top-end trims have a 10-inch touchscreen.
The Skoda Slavia comes equipped with ESC, XDS+, and EDS, as well as six airbags, including driver and front passenger airbags as standard, as well as optional front side airbags and curtain airbags.
The Skoda Slavia comes with a variety of driver-assistance and comfort options, some of which are optional. From the Ambition specification onwards, cruise control is included as standard equipment.
Another important safety feature, Hill-Hold Control is offered in the Style trim level as well (for cars with automatic transmission, from Ambition). Light and rain sensors are optional upgrades that automatically activate the low beam or windscreen wipers as needed.
Rear parking sensors are standard, and higher-trim models include a rear-view camera. All specifications include a tire pressure monitor as standard equipment.
A three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI engine with 115 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque is available as an entry-level option. The Skoda Slavia engine comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, although an automatic transmission is available as an option.
The top-end models of this Skoda sedan will come with a 1.5-liter TSI engine that produces 150 bhp and 250 Nm of torque and is available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission.
Skoda Slavia prices have yet to be announced. Keep an eye out for more details.