Skoda is expanding its offer for the emerging markets with the introduction of the new Slavia, an affordable sedan that looks stunning.
The SLAVIA saloon is the second new ŠKODA for the INDIA 2.0 project, following the KUSHAQ SUV, which was launched in the first quarter of 2021. Headed by ŠKODA AUTO, who oversees all activities of Volkswagen Group in India, the campaign is backed by investments of one billion euros to strengthen the long-term presence of ŠKODA and Volkswagen on the Indian subcontinent.
The entry-level headlights come with halogen lamps for low beam and high beam, while the daytime running lights make use of LED technology. In the top-end specification, a hexagonal LED module produces the low beam and high beam, while the daytime running lights are provided by a striking, sharply defined L-shaped LED strip. There is also a choice of two variants for the rear lights which are split in two. Even the entry-level specification features LED tail lights and brake lights, forming the ŠKODA-typical C-shaped light cluster. The SLAVIA Ambition and Style also boast an LED tail light module on the tailgate.
The range-topping trim level, Style, offers a digital instrument cluster with an 8-inch colour display; the other variants come with analogue gauges. The two-spoke multifunction steering wheel, as seen in other ŠKODA models, is upholstered in leather from the Ambition specification upwards. Vehicles fitted with automatic transmission or DSG also boast shift paddles on the steering wheel. LED reading lights in the front and rear come as standard. From the Ambition trim upwards, the extended ambient lighting illuminates the dashboard, the storage compartment in the centre console and the door handles. The SLAVIA also features a special design detail on the instrument-cluster housing, showcasing the ŠKODA lettering strikingly embossed on both sides.
The top-level infotainment system in Ambition and Style has a 10-inch colour touchscreen with functionality similar to that found in smartphones. Wireless SmartLink technology allows smartphone mirroring and access to the app store without the use of a cable. Downloads from the ŠKODA Play Apps allow for the range of features to be expanded, for example, by a navigation function. The coordinates are provided by a GPS tuner that has been pre-installed in the vehicle. This system also features a dual tuner, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an external microphone for hands-free phone calls (Bluetooth standard 4.0). For connecting and charging mobile devices via cable, there are two USB-C sockets in the centre console and another two in the rear from the Ambition trim level upwards; the SLAVIA Style comes with a Phone Box in the front, which allows smartphones to be charged inductively.
The ŠKODA SLA VIA can be fitted with one of the advanced and efficient direct-injection TSI petrol engines, which offer both great performance and low fuel consumption. Even the entry-level three‑cylinder 1.0-litre TSI generates 85 kW (115 PS). Its maximum torque is 175 Nm; power is transferred to the front wheels via a manual six-speed gearbox as standard. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Stop/Start system is another standard feature, and contributes to low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.