Skoda reveals the launch date for its upcoming sedan Skoda Slavia in India

Czech automaker Skoda has finally revealed the launch dates for its upcoming mid-size sedan Skoda Slavia in India. The launch will be made in two phases, revealed the company. While the 1.0-litre TSI petrol variant will be launched on February 28, the 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine will launch on March 3. While the test drive of the Skoda Slavia will begin in the upcoming weeks, the deliveries of the sedan will be made soon after the launch.

The Skoda Slavia has already reached dealerships in India and can be booked at a token price of Rs 11,000 only. The interested buyers can avail test ride the vehicle by the last part of this month.  The director of Skoda Auto India, Zac Hollis informed about this development through his official Twitter.

‘’Despite the industry challenges, I am happy to share that we are delivering on our committed timelines for the launch of both, the 1.0 L and 1.5 L Skoda Slavia. Test-drives and Customer deliveries to commence with the respective launch dates,’’said the tweet by Zac Hollis.

Under the hood, the Skoda Slavia gets either a 1.0-litre TSI petrol or a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. The smaller engine produces a power of 115 PS of power. The 1.0-litre engine is available with a six speed manual and a six-speed automatic gearbox options. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre four cylinder turbocharged engine will produce a maximum power of 150 PS. In terms of the gearbox, the 1.5-litre engine gets six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic options.

The safety features on the Skoda Slavia includes multiple airbags (6), ISOFIX, Hill Hold Control, ABS with EBD, ESC and TPMS.

The interiors of the Skoda Slavia are quite identical to that of the Skoda Kushaq. The steering wheel is dual-spoked and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system occupies the centre of the infotainment system. There is a presence of fully digital instrument cluster in the Slavia. Some of the other important features in the cabin include rear AC vents, wireless charging, digital cockpit and a dual-tone theme that looks premium.

Skoda has however refrained from revealing the prices of the Slavia. Considering the segment of the sedan, the Skoda Slavia price in India is expected to be anywhere in between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).

In the current Indian scenario, the Indian car buyers are more interested to purchase compact SUVs or SUVs instead of a sedan. Sedans are quite often considered as cars while are meant for comfort and luxury. On the other hand, when it comes to bad roads (which are quite common in India) sedans find it difficult to cop up. However, an SUV/ compact SUV will make you at ease while dealing with bad roads. Still, there are niche car buyers (middle-class) who are inclined towards buying a sedan.

This new midsize sedan will compete with the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Volkswagen Vento in India. This new sedan introduced by Skoda will replace the Rapid in India. In appearance, the Skoda Slavia appears to be a Skoda Octavia within a budget. In terms of hierarchy the Skoda Slavia will fit under Skoda Octavia and Skoda Superb.

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