Production-spec Skoda Slavia revealed, to launch next year

    All-new Skoda Slavia, which replaces the Rapid, gets two turbo-petrol engine options.

    Published On Nov 18, 2021 02:30:00 PM


    Production-spec Skoda Slavia revealed, to launch next year

    The new Skoda Slavia, Skoda’s replacement for the decade-old Rapid sedan, has finally been revealed in production guise. Slated to go on sale early next year, the new Slavia is based on the made-for-India MQB A0 IN platform, that also underpins the Kushaq and the Taigun, and is said to have a localisation level of up to 95 percent. Bookings for the Skoda Slavia have been opened today, with customer deliveries set to commence in the first quarter of 2022.

    • Skoda Slavia gets a 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre TSI engine option
    • Expected to launch by February-March next year
    • Will share its underpinnings with the upcoming VW Virtus sedan

    Skoda Slavia: dimensions and design

    The Slavia is 4,541mm long, 1,752mm wide and 1,487mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,651mm. Compared to the outgoing Rapid, the new Slavia is 128mm longer, 53mm wider, 21mm taller and the wheelbase is 99mm longer. In fact, not only does the Slavia have the longest wheelbase, but it is also the widest in its class. It also has a substantial 521-litre boot. 

    Skoda Slavia vs rivals: dimensions
    Skoda SlaviaSkoda RapidHonda CityMaruti CiazHyundai VernaVolkswagen Vento
    Wheel size16-inch16-inch16-inch16-inch16-inch16-inch
    Boot space521 litres460 litres506 litres510 litres480 litres494 litres

    In typical Skoda fashion, the Slavia is a handsome and sporty looking car. It has a low and wide stance with sharp character lines and muscular contours. Up front, the face is characterised by Skoda’s signature butterfly grille that’s flanked by sleek headlights with L-shaped Daytime Running Lamp strips on either side. The front bumper looks sporty with plenty of cuts and creases and an inverted L-shaped motif for the fog lamp housing.

    In profile, the Slavia has a coupe-esque silhouette owing to the gently sloping roofline that merges smoothly into the boot lid. There’s a strong character line that runs along the shoulder from the front fender to the tail-lights and the window line gets a chrome trim. At the rear, the sedan boasts of C-shaped LED tail-lamps that divide into two parts and extend into the boot. There’s ‘Skoda’ lettering on the boot lid and the bumper gets a full-width chrome strip, accentuating the car’s width. Overall, the design can be described as sophisticated yet sporty. Meanwhile, the top-spec Slavia will ride on 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels. 

    The Skoda Slavia is available in five colour options - Tornado Red, Crystal Blue, Candy White, Reflex Silver and Carbon Steel. 

    Skoda Slavia: interior and features

    The interior of the Skoda Slavia bears resemblance to the larger Octavia sedan in terms of design. Several interior trims and switchgear are shared with the Kushaq, like the two-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls and knurled buttons. There’s a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system taking centre stage on the dashboard, which is underlined by sleek AC vents right below. There’s also a horizontal decorative trim on the dashboard in a contrasting colour, which lends it a nice layered effect.

    The climate control panel is a touch-based unit, as seen on the Kushaq. However, unlike the Kushaq, which gets hexagonal AC vents at either ends, the Slavia gets round air-con vents on the sides. The centre console has a clean, uncluttered look with a wireless charging pad just ahead of the gear lever. The Slavia also gets a digital instrument cluster and the word 'Skoda' embossed on the instrument binnacle.

    The Slavia is considerably larger than the outgoing Rapid, which translates into improved interior space. The segment-leading wheelbase allows plenty of legroom for passengers to really stretch out, and with the additional width, the cabin feels roomier overall. 

    At launch the Skoda Slavia will be offered in three trims - Active, Ambition and Style. 

    In terms of features, the top-spec Slavia Style gets an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, connected car features (MySkoda Connect), LED headlights and tailights, leather upholstery, ventilated seats, an electric sunroof, wireless charger, automatic climate control, keyless entry and an auto-dimming internal rear view mirror. Meanwhile, the entry-level Active trim gets a smaller, 7-inch touchscreen. 

    Safety-wise, the Slavia Style gets six airbags, ESC, an electronic differential system (EDS), a tyre pressure monitor, hill-hold control (optional), a rear parking camera, multi-collision brake and ISOFIX child seat mounts. 

    Skoda Slavia: engine and gearbox details

    Skoda Slavia vs rivals: engine and gearbox
    Skoda SlaviaSkoda RapidHonda CityMaruti CiazHyundai VernaVolkswagen Vento
    Engine type3 cyl turbo-petrol/4 cyl turbo-petrol3-cyl turbo-petrol4 cyl naturally aspirated4 cyl naturally aspirated4 cyl naturally aspirated/3-cyl turbo-petrol3-cyl turbo-petrol
    Manual gearbox6-speed6-speed6-speed5-speed6-speed6-speed
    Automatic gearbox6-speed torque converter/7-speed DSG6-speed torque converter7-step CVT4-speed torque converter8-step CVT/7-speed DCT6-speed torque converter

    The new Skoda Slavia is being offered with a choice of two TSI turbo-petrol engines. The first is a 115hp, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI unit that is paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The other, more powerful option, is a 150hp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI motor that gets either the 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The 1.5 TSI is also equipped with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology. Click here to read our review of the Skoda Slavia prototype to get an idea of how it performs out in the real world.

    Skoda Slavia: India launch, expected price and rivals

    The new Skoda Slavia is likely to be launched by February-March next year and is expected to be priced between Rs 10 lakh-16 lakh (ex-showroom). The Slavia will rival other midsize sedans like the Honda CityHyundai VernaMaruti Suzuki Ciaz and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus.


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    Karthik reddy - 742 days ago

    We can see VW through Škoda mask. Miss Škoda sedan’s attitude. At least for sedans design Škoda might have taken the charge.

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