It’s finally here- the Slavia has broken cover, and pre-bookings have already started via Skoda’s official website. The car has been a long-awaited and eagerly anticipated one, and it does look good. The car’s official specs have been unveiled, and some of our assumptions have been proven correct!
The car will be thrust forward by 2 turbo-petrol engines as we had expected: a 1.0L TSI engine which produces 115HP/178NM of power, and a 1.5L TSI engine producing 150HP/250NM of power. Both variants will have a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, with an optional automatic available as well. The car is 4541mm long, 1752mm wide and 1487mm tall, and the wheelbase is a comfortable 2651mm.
On the inside, the car has been heavily decked out. The instrument cluster is all-digital, and there is a 10″ touchscreen in the center as well. Apart from this, there is also a sunroof, 6 airbags, LED headlights with DRL, ventilated front seats and 8 high-performance speakers as well. The two-spoke steering wheel also makes a comeback after being seen first in the Kushaq. The car is quite a bit bigger than the older Rapid, and is hence logically more roomier and comfortable for occupants. The car will be offered in 3 trims- Active, Ambition and Style.
The car will launch by likely February-March next year, and could have a price in the ballpark of Rs 12-16 lakh. It’s main rivals will be the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, and even it’s cousin car, the VW Virtus. It’ll be interesting to see how Skoda’s newest offering fares in the Indian market. Let’s hope Skoda brings regular updates every now and then to the car- we don’t want to see almost the exact same car being sold for 10 years like how we did with the now-discontinued Rapid, now do we?