Skoda has just globally lifted the curtains on the widely anticipated Slavia sedan, which will replace the outgoing Rapid and be pitted against the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna in India. The word Slavia means “glory” and was also used for the very first bicycle produced by Skoda about a hundred and fifty years ago. The Slavia shares its underpinnings with the Kushaq and is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform. It is Volkswagen Group’s platform specifically designed for the Indian market to meet India’s new safety and emission requirements.

Skoda SlaviaSkoda has set up a new MQB production line at Pune so that 95 per cent of production can be localised. The Slavia is 4,541 mm in length, 1,752 mm in width, 1,487 mm in height, has 521 litres of boot capacity and a wheelbase of 2,651 mm. In comparison to the Rapid, the Slavia is 128 mm longer, 53 mm wider and 21 mm taller than its outgoing sibling and can be had in a choice of three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Style. While the entry-level model gets halogen headlights with LED DRL’s, the top end trip gets a hexagonal LED headlamp unit along with a sharp-looking L-shaped LED strip for the DRL.

Skoda Slavia

Depending on the trim, the wheel options can carry from a 15-inch steel wheel with hubcaps while the higher end trims (Ambition & Style) can be had with 16-inch wheels that are silver-coloured while the top end trim gets a brushed two-tone coloured wheel. Buyers can choose between five body colours (Tornado Red, Crystal Blue, Candy White, Reflec Silver and Metallic Carbon Steel)

Skoda SlaviaThe top-end trim gets an 8-inch digital instrument cluster inside, while lower trim levels come only with analogue gauges. Mid-spec and above variants also get the two-spoke steering wheel seen on other models upholstered in leather. Even the entry-level variant, Active, features powerful air conditioning. The Slavia boasts a touch-control Climatronic with Air Care function and air vents in the rear from the Ambition trim level upwards.

Skoda SlaviaThe standard equipment for Style, the top-end specification, also includes ventilated leather front seats, an electric, sliding glass roof, keyless entry and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The Slavia also gets a 7-inch touchscreen for the entry-level variant, whilst mid-spec, and top-end trims get a 10-inch touchscreen.

Skoda SlaviaOn the safety front, the Slavia comes standard with ESC, XDS+ and EDS while also offering six airbags, including airbags for the driver and front passenger as standard and the optional front side airbags and curtain airbags.

Skoda Slavia

The new SLAVIA comes with numerous features, some of which are optional, to support the driver and increase comfort. Cruise control is part of the standard equipment from the Ambition specification upwards. At the same time, Hill-Hold Control is included in the Style trim level (for cars with automatic transmission, from Ambition). Optional extras include light and rain sensors to automatically activate the low beam or windscreen wipers as required. Rear parking sensors are fitted as standard; the higher-trim variants come with a rear-view camera. A tyre pressure monitor is a standard feature for all specifications.

Skoda SlaviaEngine options range from an entry-level three‑cylinder 1.0-litre TSI motor that generates 115 bhp of power and 175 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, or an optional automatic transmission can be mated with this engine. The top-end variants get a 1.5-litre TSI engine with a power output of 150 bhp and 250 Nm of torque and can be coupled to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed DSG transmission.

Prices are yet to be announced by Skoda India. Stay tuned for more information.