Skoda Slavia is all-set to arrive in the Indian market soon. Skoda has already started shipping the new sedan to the dealerships. Interestingly, Skoda will have two launch dates for the Slavia. The price anouncement of the 1.0-litre varaints will happen on 28th February while the more powerful 1.5-litre TSI variants will officially arrive on March 3.
The Skoda Slavia is coming to the Indian car market as a replacement for the Rapid, which had a moderately successful decade-long run in India. The model will arrive as Skoda’s most affordable model in its modern-day lineup for India. Like all the other new-generation models from Skoda, it will come as a petrol-only model.
Skoda has already removed the Rapid from the official website. The all-new Slavia is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform that also underpins the Skoda Kushaq in the Indian market. The Slavia will become the third car after the Kushaq and the Taigun to utilise the India-spec platform.
The Skoda Slavia will be offered with two engine options – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engine, which makes 115 PS of power and 175 Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine, which produces 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque.
Apart from the 6-speed manual gearbox, which is standard for both the engine options, while the 1.0-litre engine will be available with a 6-speed torque converter, the 1.5-litre engine will also be offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Features list will be similar to Kushaq
In its top-spec form, the new Skoda Slavia will get features like LED headlamps and tail lamps, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, leather upholstery, full-TFT instrument console, automatic climate control, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, ventilated front seats, wireless charger, push start-stop button, rear AC vents and more. The Slavia is coming in as a direct alternative to cars like Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
The all-new Slavia will arrive in the Indian market at a time when the popularity of the sedans is going down drastically. The market is shifting towards the crossovers and compact SUVs. Bringing a sedan to the market at this point seems to be a calculated decision.
Interestingly, Volkswagen will bring the all-new Virtus based on the same platform. The Virtus and Slavia will share the same Kushaq-Taigun relationship in the market. Both the cars will be very similar to each other but there will be major differences as well. Skoda plans to bring a slew of new cars to the Indian market and increase its market share as well.