Skoda has been known for its sedans mostly. They recently unveiled the Slavia which sits below the Octavia and above the Rapid. Sedans are often known for their performance and luxury. Skoda has released a new TVC that showcases their sedans in a video.
The video starts with a Skoda Popular Monte Carlo going through some scenic routes. Then the sedan is replaced by a sketch version and then we can see it go through a desert, a forest and we also see the Taj Mahal.
Then we see Gateway of India that is located in Mumbai and a Skoda Octavia is going in front of it. There is a kid seated on the rear seat that is enjoying the journey. Then we see a sketch version of the Skoda Superb which depicts luxury.
A Skoda Octavia vRS and Superb are shown for performance. There are also some shots of engines and horses depicting horsepower. In the last, the video says “For everything that really matters”.
It is a bold move by Skoda to launch a new mid-size sedan when most people are preferring SUVs. But Skoda is the only manufacturer whose all sedans have been a success. In fact, Skoda is known for its sedans.
They had Octavia, Laura, Octavia vRS, Rapid, Superb and now the latest addition is Slavia. No other manufacturer is currently working on a new sedan except for Volkswagen who will be launching the Virtus which will be sharing a lot of underpinnings with the Slavia.
Slavia has a lot of strong creases. It looks like a smaller version of the Octavia which is a good thing because Octavia itself is a very elegant looking sedan. There are L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED projector headlamps. At the rear, there are C-shaped split tail lamps that use LEDs and have a crystalline effect in them. It uses 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and the sedan itself has a coupe inspired rear half.
There are a lot of features on offer. It comes with an electric sunroof, ventilated front seats, digital instrument cluster, cruise control, push-button to start/stop, keyless entry, two-spoke multi-function steering wheel, rear AC vents, USB C ports at the rear to charge mobile devices and much more. There is also a large touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Skoda Play Apps. It comes connected to 8 speakers with a subwoofer.
Slavia will be offered with two petrol engine options. There will be a 1.0-litre TSI and a 1.5-litre TSI. The 1.0 TSI produces 115 PS of max power and 178 Nm of peak torque and the 1.5 TSI produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 1.0 TSI will also get a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission and the 1.5 TSI will get a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Skoda Slavia will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Honda City.