2021 Skoda Slavia To make Its Debut soon
Skoda has confirmed the name of its all-new midsize car, the Slavia, ahead of its launch later this year. It will go on sale in 2022 and will be Skoda’s second new vehicle under the VW Group’s India 2.0 program, following the Kushaq. The Slavia will be the successor to the aging Rapid sedan, but it will neither carry the same brand or be a straight replacement, as we previously reported.
The 2021 Skoda Slavia, like the Kushaq SUV, will be built on the specialized MQB-A0-IN platform and will be roughly 4,480mm long with the longest wheelbase (2,651mm) in the sector. This would also make it far longer than the existing Rapid (4,413mm).
Multiple times in India, test mules of the new Skoda Slavia have been spotted. The Slavia will have a new-age Skoda grille, unique character lines, and a sleek and well-proportioned design, according to these photos. It is planned to share some body panels with the Volkswagen Virtus, its sibling vehicle.
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, as well as auto headlamps and wipers, are all expected to be included in the new Slavia.
A choice of two TSI turbo-petrol engines will power the Skoda Slavia. The first is a 115hp, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI petrol engine with a 6-speed manual or torque converter automatic transmission. The second option is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI engine with 150 horsepower and a DCT automatic transmission. This setup should provide class-leading performance.
In terms of rivals, the 2021 Skoda Slavia will have to compete against the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, in addition to its sister car, the impending Volkswagen Virtus. Skoda is likely to position the Slavia on the top end of the segment due to its size and degree of equipment.