Skoda has finally unveiled the Slavia mid-size sedan. It is the second product under INDIA 2.0 strategy. Zac Hollis, Director, Sales and Marketing, Skoda India has already announced that the new sedan will be launched in February or March next year. Skoda Slavia replaces the Rapid which was on sale till now. Slavia will sit above the Rapid because it is a larger and more premium sedan.
Up-front we can see that it gets LED headlamps with L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps. There is a wide butterfly grille that we have seen on all Skoda cars. There is a sleek front bumper and the rest of the design looks like a coupe.
The alloy wheels measure 16-inches and have a dual-tone finish. At the rear, there are C-shaped split LED tail lamps and they have a crystalline effect. There are sharp contours throughout the exterior.
The interior looks premium with a black and beige interior. There is a large touchscreen infotainment system, two-spoke steering wheel, automatic climate control, auto-dimming IRVM, digital instrument cluster, rear AC vents, ventilated seats, a push-button to start/stop and much more.
You also get automatic headlamps and wipers, up to 6 airbags, Stability Control, Traction Control, Brake Disc Wiping etc.There is also an electric sunroof with a bounce-back feature
There will be three trims on offer, namely Active, Ambition and Style. Skoda is offering the Slavia in Candy White, Brilliant Silver, Carbon Silver, Crystal Blue and Tornado Red.
Slavia shares its platform with the Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus. The platform is called MQB-A0-IN and is a heavily localized version of the MQB-A0 platform that Volkswagen and its subsidiaries are using in foreign markets. Skoda has been able to achieve over 95 percent of localization. This should help in pricing Slavia competitively in the market.
Because of the MQB-A0-IN platform the wheelbase of the Slavia measure 2,651 mm. The wheelbase is very close to Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. So, we can expect an ample amount of legroom for the rear occupants. The length of the sedan is 4,541 mm, width is 1,752 mm and height is 1,487 mm. It is the widest sedan in the segment and is larger than the first-gen Octavia.
The ground clearance of the sedan also looks decent and it should be able to handle our bad Indian roads quite well. Also, it will not be a notchback like Octavia is. It will be a regular sedan with a traditional boot. This has been done because a notchback design would have added to the cost. The boot measures 521 litres in size, which is pretty generous.
Engine and gearbox
Slavia will be offered in two engine options. Both of them are petrol and are turbocharged, Skoda will not be offering any diesel engine. There will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder EVO petrol engine.
The 1.0 TSI produces a max power output of 115 PS and a peak torque output of 178 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. This engine will be offered on every variant and most of the buyers will be opting for this one.
Then we have the more powerful 1.5 EVO engine. It puts out 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
This engine also comes with ACT or Active Cylinder Technology. So, it can shut off two of its cylinders under certain circumstances which can help in saving fuel. People who enjoy driving will be preferring this engine. Moreover, the 1.5 EVO engine makes the Slavia, the most powerful mid-size sedan in the segment. This engine is expected to be reserved for the top-end variants
Slavia will be competing against the Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. It will also go against the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus that will share a lot of its underpinnings with the Slavia.