Sedans are back! The Skoda Slavia was officially launched in India today. The Slavia prices start at Rs 10.69 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 15.39 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). For now, the Czech automaker is offering the Slavia only with the 1.0-litre TSI engine, with more details on the “driver-focused” 1.5-litre TSI model to be confirmed on March 3.
With cars like Skoda Octavia and the Superb in its stable, the folks at Skoda surely know a thing or two about making a good-looking car. This is seen in the Slavia’s design, with the large hexagonal grille at the front, flanked by LED headlights and L-shaped DRLs, and the generous use of chrome elements throughout, giving it a more classy appeal.
Move to the side and you’ll notice clean, subtle lines all over the new Skoda Slavia’s bodywork, contrasted only by the dual-tone 16-inch alloy wheels. Take a look at the rear and you’ll notice the distinctive-looking LED tail-lamps and bumper.
Moving on to the interiors of the Slavia and you’ll notice the minimal theme carried over here as well. The neat and simple layout is reminiscent of the more expensive Skoda Kushaq.
At the centre of the dashboard sits a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. Additional features include an 8.0-inch digital driver’s display, ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control and more.
Safety and convenience features here include six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill hold assist, rear parking sensors with camera, cruise control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
As we mentioned earlier, the Skoda Slavia will come with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engine for now. The unit churns out 115hp of power and 178Nm of torque, and can be mated to a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
But what we’re more excited about is the 1.5-litre TSI motor capable of 150hp and 250Nm, mated to either a 6-speed manual or an optional 7-speed DCT. Some of you may remember these are the same headlining figures seen on the first edition of the Skoda Octavia RS. This mill will also come with a cylinder deactivation tech for frugal fuel efficiency.
The 2022 Skoda Slavia will be offered in three different trims —Active, Ambition, and Style — and five colour options. The sedan faces competition from the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.