Skoda Slavia Slavic is only in name. Yes, it was built by the Czechs, but on a special variant of the MQB-A0 platform with the annotation “IN” for the Indian market. And indeed as much as 95 percent. It will be an Indian car, because parts are to come mainly from local suppliers. Production will take place in Pune, where the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Technology Center is also located.
Skoda Slavia not for the Slavs
The name is perverse, because Skoda has no plans to introduce this car for sale in any Slavic markets. However, in keeping with the official narrative, the sedan was named after the bikes sold at the end of the 19th century by the founding fathers of the Czech brand, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement.
The Slavs will enjoy the taste, and the Indians will appreciate the 521-liter trunk and equipment rich for the Indian market. Skoda Slavia could be in our offer a modern equivalent of the withdrawn Rapid in a longer version, but it will not be, because in Europe sedans simply “do not go”. In our company, the Scala, which is a hatchback, plays the role of a slightly cheaper car from the B + segment.
Skoda Slavia – Rapid, Fabia or Scala?
The Indian sedan is almost 180 mm (4.5 m) longer than the Scala and has a 15 mm longer wheelbase. The dimensions correspond to the Volkswagen Virtus (Polo Sedan) offered in South America, on which it is based, which is clearly visible in the side line of the body and the styling of the rear.
Skoda dressed Virtus in the garments of the fourth generation Fabia, thanks to which the car gained its own character. The dashboard with a 10-inch infotainment system screen, a touch screen air conditioning and an induction charger was also transplanted from Fabia. The effect is so good that the car could be successfully sold in Europe as a Fabia Sedan, which taxi drivers could be interested in.
Skoda Slavia – engines
We can envy the Indians not only the body version with a spacious trunk, but also the 1.5 TSI engine with 150 HP, which is not offered in Fabia. But in Scala – absolutely. Customers will be able to choose between the standard 6-speed manual gearbox and the optional 7-speed DSG gearbox. When opting for the smaller 110 HP 1.0 TSI 3-cylinder unit, they can choose between a manual transmission or a classic 6-speed automatic.
The Skoda Slavia is to stand out on the Indian market with a high level of safety provided by numerous assistance systems and (caution: crazy!) Six airbags. But let’s not forget that this is a “people’s car” – there will only be two airbags as standard and most of the cars will probably leave the showrooms in this configuration.
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