Finally launched is the highly anticipated car that is all set to bring back the sedan love in the very difficult times, where SUVs are taking over with a mighty roar. Having seen it in camouflage, in a walk around, and have known this sedan quite so, today, we are going to share all the details and specifications of this production-ready, sedan 2022 Skoda Slavia that launched today to enter the steadily shrinking mid-size sedan segment.
Based on the same platform as Kushaq, sharing the same engine and gearbox, along with the performance figures as well, Kushaq has seen its share of success, will Slavia be able to achieve the same? SUVs are the flavour of the season, but Skoda thinks Slavia can bring back the sexy in the sedan segment and will triple its sales this year. So, without much ado, let’s dive in and find out what it truly has in store.
Under the Hood
Under the hood, Skoda Slavia will be powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, TSI petrol engine. The 1.0 TSI Petrol version can produce 114bhp and 175Nm of torque and is paired to a six-speed manual unit or a six-speed torque converter automatic unit. The 1.5 TSI produces 148bhp and 250Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual unit or a seven-speed DSG automatic unit. The gearbox is really very responsive.
The 1.0 TSI manual version delivers an ARAI mileage of 19.47kpl, while the automatic version is quoted to deliver 18.07kpl.
Having dollops of elegant looks, Slavia has pleasing aesthetics making it quite contemporary, sleek, well-proportioned, and chic. The exterior highlights of the Skoda Slavia include a signature butterfly grille with black vertical slats and a chrome strip, a boot-lid mounted number plate holder, a rear bumper with reflectors, L-shaped LED DRLs, projector headlamps, fog lights, wrap-around LED tail lights, blacked-out B and C-pillars, 16-inch alloy wheels, an electric sunroof as well as the Skoda lettering on the boot-lid.
The interiors of the 2022 Skoda Slavia feature a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink connectivity, a fully digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, automatic climate control, cruise control, and a 2-spoke steering wheel. It offers a good amount of head and shoulder room up front and there’s enough room at the rear too. Ergonomically speaking, everything is at a hands distance. Seats offer good lumbar support that are ventilated as liked by all.
In the rear, there are AC vents and 2 C-type chargers for commuters’ convenience. The middle seat at the rear gets a 3-point seatbelt, earning Slavia a big thumbs up. The boot space is also more than enough with 521 litres of it. Dropping down the rear seats will increase the boot capacity to 1050 litres, isn’t that huge?
It also packs in plenty of safety features such as six airbags, ESC, vehicle stability control, brake disc wiping, multi-collision brake, traction control, an electronic differential system (EDS) and a tyre pressure monitor.
Variants, Color, Price
Skoda Salvia will be made available in 2 variants (Manual & Automatic), but the Czech carmaker has only revealed the prices of the 1.0 TSI powered versions today, which start at ₹10.69 lakh and go up to ₹15.39 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the top-spec version. 1.5 TSI version prices haven’t been revealed. They are set to be announced on March 3. Skoda has also announced that test drives and deliveries for the Slavia 1.0 TSI have begun from the launch day itself.
Slavia 1.0 is available in 3 trims- Active, Ambition & Style with colour options, namely-Candy White, Brilliant Silver, Carbon Steel, Tornado Red & Crystal Blue.
It’s going to be an uphill climb for Slavia having to deal with best selling Honda City, feature-loaded Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz & a lot of similarly priced SUVs.
Skoda Salvia comes as a breath of fresh air, with a significant list of promises. Let’s wait and see if Slavia truly has what it takes to last the distance.