New Skoda Slavia Global Debut By Late 2021

Czech carmaker Skoda has now confirmed that its all-new midsize sedan will be known as the Slavia when it debuts later this year. It will be Skoda’s second new model under VW Group’s India 2.0 project, following the Kushaq, and will go on sale in 2022. As previously reported, the Slavia will replace the ageing Rapid sedan but will not share the same nameplate or be a direct replacement.

Skoda Slavia

Skoda Slavia – Details we know so far

Similar to the Kushaq SUV, the new Skoda Slavia will be based on the localised MQB-A0-IN platform and will likely be around 4,480mm long with the longest wheelbase (2,651mm) in the segment. It would also be significantly longer than the current-generation Rapid which measures (4,413mm) in length.

On many ocassions in India, test mules of the new Skoda Slavia have been spotted. We can tell from these images that the Slavia will get a upmarket front grille, well-defined character lines, and a classy and well-proportioned design. Some body panels are expected to be shared with its sibling, the Volkswagen Virtus.

The new Slavia is expected to be one of the best-equipped sedans in the segment, with features like wireless charging, a new ‘Play’ touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, ‘My Skoda’ connected car tech, a digital instrument cluster, leatherette upholstery, ventilated seats, a premium audio system, and automatic headlamps and wipers.

Skoda Slavia – Engine Options

The Skoda Slavia will be powered by one of two TSI turbo-petrol engines. The first is the 115hp, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI petrol engine, which will come mated to a six-speed MT or a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The second option is a larger and more potent 150hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI engine mated to a DCT automatic transmission. This configuration should provide best-in-class performance.

Skoda Slavia – Competition

In terms of competitors, the Skoda Slavia will compete against its sister vehicle, the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus, and the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. On the other hand, Skoda is expected to position the Slavia at the higher end of the segment due to its size and level of equipment.

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