Skoda Auto has started production of its Slavia at its manufacturing facility located in Chakan, Maharashtra. The Slavia will be the second product under INDIA 2.0 strategy. The bookings of Slavia are already open and Skoda will start deliveries in March 2022.
Zac Hollis, Brand Director, ŠKODA AUTO India, said, “The SLAVIA is an all-new value luxury sedan for India, specially developed and meticulously designed considering the requirements and expectations of our customers. In times where interest for crossovers and SUVs is high, the SLAVIA is a measure of ŠKODA AUTO’s confidence that it is the product and not the category or body shape that will drive customer demand. We have already clocked in substantial growth over the last year and are rapidly expanding our network and customer touchpoints to bring more customers into the ŠKODA family. The SLAVIA will carry forward the thrust and provide impetus and excitement to fans of ŠKODA AUTO India and customers looking for a set of wheels that offers a fantastic driving experience and is gorgeous inside out.”
The Slavia will be positioned higher than the Rapid because it is a larger and more premium sedan. Slavia will compete against Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus.
Slavia is based on the MQB-AO-IN platform which is a localized version of the regular MQB-A0 platform. The same platform is already being used on Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus.
Christian Cahn von Seelen, Chairman of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, “Four years ago, we pledged a renewed commitment to India with the announcement of the INDIA 2.0 project. Its success truly highlights the great collaboration between our teams across the globe and here in India. We have completed the first chapter with the successful launches of the two SUVs. Today, with the production roll out of the ŠKODA SLAVIA, we are igniting the next stage of our INDIA 2.0 product campaign. The SLAVIA is a strong testament of our intent and capability in the Indian market. The SLAVIA will not only provide a boost to the premium sedan segment, but will also showcase ŠKODA AUTO’s expertise, pedigree and legacy with sedans in terms of design, packaging, dynamics, technology and value.”
Moreover, Slavia will also share the engines will also be shared with the same vehicles. There will be two turbocharged petrol engines on offer. There will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI petrol engine. Both the engines would come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The 1.o TSI produces 115 PS of max power and 178 Nm of peak torque. It will also be offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The 1.5 TSI would produce 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It would also be offered with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 1.0 TSI would be preferred for most people because it would be more efficient and will have enough power on tap for daily city duties. The 1.5 TSI would be for the enthusiasts, people who like to drive themselves. This engine would make Slavia, the most powerful mid-size sedan in the segment. The 1.5 TSI would also come with Active Cylinder Technology that Skoda calls ACT. This would shut down cylinders of the engine under less load, this would help in saving fuel.