With 20 years in India, Skoda has remained one of the leaders in the sedan market. Skoda’s current lineup includes two sedans and two SUVs. The year 2019 was a year of big changes for the company, in which the foundation was laid for the India 2.0 project, under which the first SUV Kushaq was launched, and which became a GameChanger for Skoda as soon as it arrived.
However, the Kushaq was only the beginning, and Skoda is ready to continue this change story with its next Gamechanger, the Slavia, a premium sedan. The sedan is being built in India with 95 per cent localization and is set to go on sale in March.
The Slavia is a mid-size premium sedan competing with the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Hyundai Verna. With these three vehicles have been on the market for many years and being overshadowed by the growing popularity of SUVs, the Skoda Slavia can inject new life into the premium sedan segment while also attracting customers to showrooms.
This new sedan is based on the MQB A0 IN platform. Please keep in mind that this is the same platform on which Kushaq has become very popular among customers. The Skoda Slavia will be available in three trim levels: Active, Ambition, and Style. It will replace the much-loved Rapid for Skoda, which was well received by customers and remains extremely popular today.
Keeping in mind the Skoda brand’s Indian customers’ beliefs, this premium sedan has received a lot of innovation, including changes to the vehicle’s length, width, and wheelbase. In terms of wheelbase, the Slavia outperforms rival vehicles such as the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Hyundai Verna, implying that you will have more space inside the vehicle, making daily travel more comfortable for you and your family.
In terms of design, the Slavia has not been given a step-motherly treatment, remaining similar to the more expensive Superb or Octavia. The face and the rest of the vehicle are finished in chrome. The headlights are very attractive, and they blend in nicely with the LED daytime running lights that are integrated into the grille. We met this vehicle prior to its release and were very impressed by its design, particularly its side profile, which uses long lines to give the parked vehicle the appearance of speed.
Rarely you will find a Skoda customer anywhere in the world who drives a Skoda vehicle and cannot stop admiring its engine and transmission. Skoda is well-known throughout the world for its excellent gasoline engines. The Slavia 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI, which produces 110 hp and 175 Nm torque, is powered by two such excellent engines. The 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI engine produces 150 horsepower and 250 Newton-meters of torque. Both engines are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed torque converter and a seven-speed DSG gearbox are available for automatic enthusiasts.