Skoda Slavia To Unveil By 2021
Skoda India has stated that its next new model will be unveiled later this year in the country. This new worldwide model will be a sedan, which will debut and be offered initially in India. A competition for aspiring Indian designers has also been announced by the corporation.
In the run-up to the international debut of the new Skoda sedan, the European company has set a competition for emerging Indian designers to create a camouflage for the vehicle. The competition will be open for entries until August 18, 2021, with the top five entries chosen by the judges being announced on August 23, 2021. From the top five shortlists, a single winner will be chosen.
Gurpratap Boparai, managing director of SAVWIPL; Zac Hollis, brand director of Skoda Auto India; and Oliver Stefani, head of design of Skoda Auto are among the judges for this competition. Anyone above the age of 18 is eligible to participate.
They can enter the contest by going to www.camowithskoda.com and registering and submitting their design. The winners will have the opportunity to meet Skoda’s head of design, Oliver Stefani, at the company’s headquarters in Prague, and the winning design will be used on a future Skoda sedan and shown across the country, according to Skoda. The second-place finisher will receive a design tablet, while the following three finalists will receive Skoda gift bags.
For over a year, Skoda has been intensively testing this new sedan in India. According to insiders, the new Skoda sedan will be dubbed the Skoda Slavia and will not be a direct replacement for the aging Rapid sedan, which is being phased out. The forthcoming Skoda Slavia sedan, based on the localized MQB-A0-IN platform, is expected to be roughly 4,480mm long, significantly longer than the current-generation Rapid (4,413mm). When it debuts, it is likely to boost the segment’s longest wheelbase (2,651mm).
Two TSI turbo-petrol engines will power the new Skoda Slavia sedan. The first is a 115hp, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI petrol engine (from the EA211 family) with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI engine, which produces 150hp and a strong 250Nm of torque, will be the larger engine option and is expected to deliver Skoda’s sedan class-leading performance. A quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission will be standard on the 1.5 TSI.
The future Volkswagen Virtus, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Toyota Yaris will be competitors for the 2022 Rapid.