Skoda has taken the camouflage off the Slavia sedan—designed specifically for Indian consumers. After the Kushaq–Taigun duo, the Slavia is SAVWIPL’s second project to be built on the India-specific MQB A0 IN platform. Skoda India is even accepting bookings online for a deposit of INR 11,000. At the time of publishing this story, both Slavia and Rapid are listed on Skoda India’s official website. But anyway, check out more photos here.
The Slavia sports a clean and elegant styling with Skoda-typical elements such as the hexagonal grille, LED headlights and taillights with crystalline patterns, and Skoda branding in capital letters on the boot lid. The example here is riding on 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels. Notice how the chrome application has been kept minimal and tasteful, such as the lower window lining.
For those interested to know the dimensions, the Slavia measures 4,541 mm long, 1,752 mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1,487 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,651 mm. Those numbers are significantly larger than the Rapid, which means it is possible that Skoda India might sell both products. In other words, the Slavia slots between Rapid and Octavia.
The dashboard in the Slavia looks a lot more stylish and premium compared with the one in the Kushaq, especially in this particular example, thanks to the color theme used. Notice how that color band in the middle flows into the air vents; that band also boasts ambient lighting. Other highlights include a 10-inch central touchscreen, an 8-inch driver display, front ventilated seats with contrast stitching, a touch panel for climate control settings, a wireless charging pad, two USB-C sockets, and an 8-speaker Skoda audio system. And of course, depending on the trim, there’ll also be an electric sunroof with bounce-back function.
Safety features include up to 6 airbags, ESC, multi-collision braking system, Isofix anchorages, and the XDS+ electronic differential to help improve front axle traction.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the Slavia will offer two engines with manual and automatic transmission options. For starters, there’s a 1.0L TSI 3-cylinder petrol engine with 85 kW (116 metric hp) and 178 Nm (131 lb-ft) of torque, and can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. For those who want more, the Slavia will offer a 1.5L TSI 4-cylinder petrol engine with active cylinder tech, offering 110 kW (150 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, and can be paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG automatic.