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By Venkatesh P Koushik| Nov 18, 2021

Skoda Auto India Premieres The Slavia In India

Celebrating 20 years of sales in India, Skoda Auto India has showcased its second product to be developed under the India 2.0 strategy, the Slavia.

Built on the same platform (MQB A0 IN) as the Kushaq, the Slavia is a perfect combination of luxury and performance. Slavia will be Skoda’s attempt at rejuvenating India’s interest in the dying premium sedan segment, which it created 20 years ago with the launch of the Octavia.

The Slavia features Skoda’s Crystalline design language that we have seen on other cars like the Octavia and the Superb. The Slavia features signature Skoda design elements like the upright radiator grille with vertical slats, expressive L-shaped bi-module LED headlights with DRL, classic C-shaped crystalline LED split taillights and a coupe-like sloping roof design. The car sits on 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and offers a large boot space of 521 litres.

The Slavia is larger than the first-generation Octavia in every dimension. On the inside, the Slavia features a roomy cabin with a wheelbase of 2,651 mm and a width of 1,752 mm, making it the widest car in its segment. A large window area allows ample light to the beige and black coloured cabin. At the centre of the cabin is a large 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with Skoda Play apps along with an 8-inch digital cockpit with three modes. The car also comes equipped with a multi-functional two-spoke steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment.

Skoda has also offered an electric sunroof with a bounce-back system and ventilated seats in the Slavia – features missing in the more expensive Octavia. Staying true to its tagline ‘Simple Clever’, Skoda has offered clever features like a ticket holder, smartphone pockets at the rear, elastic bands in the front pocket and a smart grip mat inside the cup holder.

In terms of engine options, Skoda will carry forward the two petrol engine options from the Kushaq. The 1.0l TSI engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual or Torque Converter automatic gearbox, while the more powerful 1.5l TSI engine will come equipped with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG. The 1.5l TSI engine will also come with ACT (Active Cylinder Technology) that will shut down two cylinders of the engine to save fuel when the load on the engine is low.

In terms of safety, the Slavia will come equipped with six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, multi-collision branding and the works, making it among the safe cars available in the segment. The Slavia will be offered in three variants – Active, Ambition and Style – with five colour options including Candy White, Brilliant Silver, Carbon Steel, Tornado Red and a unique Crystal Blue.

Once launched, the Slavia will go up against the likes of Honda City in its segment. Skoda has promised that the deliveries of the Slavia will start in Q1 2022. (MT)

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