Skoda, the Czech carmaker, is getting ready to enter another new market in India with the launch of its mid-size sedan, the Skoda Slavia. It indicates that they are continuing to extend their business operations in India at a rapid pace.
The Skoda Slavia will launch in the mid-size segment later this year, similar to the Skoda Kushak SUV. Recently Skoda organized a camouflaged drive of Slavia to take a look at the car. However, only a few details have come out at this point in time. Let us find out.
A new identity
Skoda intends to re-capture the Indian market with the Slavia as a Rapid replacement. Slavia is the name that the carmaker has officially confirmed for the upcoming sedan in India.
Bigger than Skoda Rapid
Slavia will be 4,480mm long, far longer than the current-generation Skoda Rapid (4,413mm). The longer wheelbase should result in plenty of legroom for passengers to stretch out, and the new Rapid's cabin will be roomier overall due to its 50mm larger width. Additionally, Slavia will include a big 520-liter boot, making it the class's best.
Skoda Slavia 2022 will have a new generation Skoda grille, sharp LED headlights, and a flowing roofline. While the new 2022 Skoda Rapid will share several body panels and a basic profile with its sister car, the VW Virtus, it will also have certain distinguishing features that contribute to its unique identity.
Skoda Slavia's success in India will depend on how well it performs in comparison to its rivals. Fortunately, Skoda knows how to win in this game and will charge a premium for it.
The 2022 Skoda Slavia will feature advanced technology and engineering, including wireless charging, connected car technology, leatherette upholstery, a new 'Play' touchscreen infotainment system, ventilated seats, new feather-touch air conditioning controls, and front and rear parking sensors.
This car's cabin will be equipped with the premium materials and will have an abundance of amenities designed to enhance your driving experience. Multiple speaker system will ensure good sound, numerous connectivity choices such as charging ports for your smart devices, and an infotainment screen large enough to fit your heart's desires.
Two turbo-petrol engine options
Skoda Slavia will come with two TSI turbo-petrol engines. The first is a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder TSI petrol engine (derived from the EA211 family) producing 115hp. The 1.0 TSI engine will drive the front wheels with either a six-speed manual transmission or a torque converter automatic transmission.
The bigger 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI engine will provide 150hp of power and a strong 250Nm of torque, presumably giving Skoda's sedan class-leading performance, and the 1.5 TSI will also have a dual-clutch automatic transmission with fast shifting option.
Skoda Slavia is built on the MQB-A0-IN modular platform. Because the Skoda Kushaq has not yet been crash-tested, its safety rating is unknown. Skoda, on the other hand, believes its car is one of the safest. The engine options are also anticipated to remain unchanged, with the Skoda Slavia receiving 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbo petrol engines.
Deliveries in early 2022
By the beginning of 2022, Skoda's Slavia will be available in showrooms for purchase. Skoda will also reposition its new sedan with its roomy cabin, more upscale amenities, and a strong engine set. Whereas the current Rapid price is between Rs 7.79 and 13.29 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Slavia will cost between Rs 11 and 15 lakhs (ex-showroom) top-of-the-line model probably costing somewhat more.
Skoda's new competitors
Skoda has its work cut out since the Slavia will compete against Volkswagen's sibling car, Hyundai Verna, Honda City, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. A touchscreen infotainment system and luxury features like metal pedals, a speed-sensitive steering wheel, and ambient lighting will help Skoda position Slavia at the top of its class.
When it comes to the Slavia, Skoda plans to position it between the Rapid and Octavia, drawing inspiration from both models. It Implies that it will be more premium than rivals such as Honda City and Hyundai Verna.