Upcoming Skoda Slavia sedan: What the Rapid replacement will look like

After the launch of Kushaq, Skoda is preparing for the unveiling of the Slavia. Slavia will be a new mid-size sedan, it will be the second product under Skoda’s INDIA 2.0 strategy. Slavia will be replacing the Rapid in Skoda’s line-up of vehicles. It will be launched in February or March next year. Here, we have a render of the Slavia that has been done by an artist.

Upcoming Skoda Slavia sedan: What the Rapid replacement will look like

The render is done by KDesign AG and the images are shared on Behance. It is important to note that this is just the imagination of the artist. The final production-spec Slavia will look different than this render. However, we would be able to see some of the design elements from the render in the Slavia.

Upcoming Skoda Slavia sedan: What the Rapid replacement will look like

Up-front, there are LED projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps that we have seen on the international spec Rapid. The production-spec Slavia will have a different set of headlamps. Then there is Skoda’s butterfly grille that gets chrome elements and looks very premium.


There are strong character lines on the bonnet to add a muscular look to the front. The lower half of the bumper is relatively simple and has fog lamps. On the side, we know that there will be new alloy wheels and the design just like any other Skoda is simple and elegant. There are two character lines also that start from the front fender and go to the boot of the sedan.

The outside rearview mirrors are finished in piano black and the window belts are also finished in black instead of chrome.  The artist has rendered the rear of the sedan. There are sleek LED split tail lamps. Skoda lettering sits proudly between the tail lamps and there are faux exhaust tips with a faux diffuser. There is also a subtle boot lid spoiler. Skoda has already revealed that the new Slavia will not be a notchback instead it will have a traditional boot.

Platform sharing with Kushaq

Skoda will be using the MQB-Ao-IN platform for Slavia. Skoda and Volkswagen are already using this platform for the Kushaq and the Taigun. Volkswagen’s upcoming Vitrus will also use the same platform. The wheelbase of the sedan will be 2,651 mm which is very close to Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. So, we can expect ample cabin space.

Engine and gearbox

Slavia will be using the same set of petrol engines and gearboxes as the Kushaq. There will be no diesel engine on offer. So, there will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI engine and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI engine. Both will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard.

The 1.0 TSI will produce 115 PS of max power and 178 Nm of peak torque. It will also be offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Most people will opt for this engine because it will be offered on most of the variants.

Then there is the 1.5 TSI engine which will be reserved for the top-end variant. It produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will also get an option of a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This engine will be aimed at enthusiasts. Also, this engine will make Slavia, the most powerful mid-size sedan in the segment.

Paarth Khatri

Paarth's passion for cars started by collecting newspaper clippings when he was just a toddler. He is obsessed with cars and technology and can talk about them all day. He has an undying love for cars with a manual transmission and is always ready to drive anything with 2 or 4 wheels. Being an audiophile his dream car is Lexus LFA, considering it is the best sounding car ever made. He would happily burn the last gallon of petrol for a lap in the Ariel Atom 500. (Full bio)