Zac Hollis, Director of Sales, Service, and Marketing of Skoda Auto India has revealed that Slavia will hit the showroom floor on the 10th of February. However, you won’t be able to take test drives. The test drives would start only after the press drives have been finished. The launch and price reveal of Slavia will happen in the first week of March. During the same period, the customer deliveries would also start.
Zac tweeted this information when a Twitter user asked him about the launch timeline of Slavia. The new mid-size sedan is the second product under the INDIA 2.0 Strategy of Skoda. The first product was the Kushaq mid-size SUV that has received a very good response from the Indian market.
The Slavia will share its underpinnings with the Kushaq. It will be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform which is a heavily localized version of the MQB-A0 platform that Volkswagen and its subsidiaries use for the cars sold in the global market.
Sharing components with other cars also help in reducing the development cost as no special components need to be developed specifically for one car. Moreover, the Slavia will also share the engines, gearboxes and some interior bits with the Kushaq.
There will be two turbocharged petrol engines on offer. A 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder unit. The 1.0 TSI produces 115 PS of max power and 178 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. This engine will be offered with all the variants and most people would be preferring this engine because of its fuel economy and because it performs exceptionally well for city use.
Then there is the 1.5 TSI that produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This is for enthusiasts, people who like to drive the car themselves. This engine will be reserved only for the top-end variant. Moreover, this engine also comes with Active Cylinder Technology. So, under less load, the engine can shut down its cylinders to save fuel.
Slavia measures 4,541 mm in length, it is 1,752 mm wide and 1,487 mm tall. The wheelbase measures 2,651 mm which is the same as the Kushaq because of the shared platform. The wheelbase is almost the same as the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. So, we are expecting that there would be decent space on offer. The ground clearance of the Slavia is expected to be 179 mm and it has a boot space of 521 litres.
Equipped with features
Slavia comes with a generous list of features. There is a push-button to start/stop, keyless entry, digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, front ventilated seats, rear AC vents, a new touchscreen infotainment system and much more.
Skoda Slavia will be competing against the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus.