Following the successful launch of the KUSHAQ SUV, the Czech carmaker is expanding its range with a saloon in the A0 segment. Just like the KUSHAQ, the SLAVIA is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform – a variant of Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix specially adapted by ŠKODA AUTO for India. The platform enables the saloon to be equipped with an extensive range of safety features, advanced infotainment systems and one of two powerful yet efficient TSI engines with an output of 85 kW (115 PS) or 110 kW (150 PS). The majority of the development work was carried out at the technology centre in Pune.
2022 Skoda Slavia Prices:
Active MT: INR 10.69 Lakh
Ambition MT: INR 12.39 Lakh
Ambition AT: INR 13.59 Lakh
Style MT: INR 13.59 Lakh
Style MT (with Sunroof): INR 13.99 Lakh
Style AT (with Sunroof): INR 15.39 Lakh
All prices are ex-showroom India
The name ‘SLAVIA’ builds a bridge between India and the Czech Republic and pays homage to the company’s foundering fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement. In 1896, they started to design and sell their own bicycles in Mladá Boleslav under the name SLAVIA; their first motorcycles followed in 1899. Even at the beginning of the 20th century, the name SLAVIA stood for qualities such as reliability, affordability and inventiveness – attributes that still characterise ŠKODA’s brand philosophy today.
The new SLAVIA combines generous amounts of space for up to five people and a boot capacity of 521 l with particularly elegant, coupé-like lines and ŠKODA-typical crystalline elements. These characterise the headlights and tail lights which are available with LED technology. Chrome-plated design features and two-tone alloy wheels appeal to Indian preferences. Furthermore, ŠKODA offers the new metallic Crystal Blue paintwork exclusively for the SLAVIA.
With its long wheelbase of 2,651 mm, balanced proportions and sleek silhouette, the new SLAVIA offers a perfect blend of elegance and the generous amounts of space that is typical of a ŠKODA. At a width of 1,752 mm and height of 1,507 mm, the car provides adequate room in the cabin for five adults. With a length of 4,541 mm and a ground clearance of 179 mm, the SLAVIA is ideal for Indian cities. Its boot capacity of 521 l – the largest in the segment – means that the car is perfectly suited to the daily requirements of a family.
The new SLAVIA is available in three trim levels: Active, Ambition and Style. It introduces the emotive design language of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA and SUPERB saloons, which are well established in India, to the popular A0 segment. Just like its big brothers, the design of the brand-new saloon is characterised by clean-cut lines and clear surfaces, while its elegant shape, with the roofline gently and seamlessly sloping towards the rear, is reminiscent of a coupé. The wide tailgate bears ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering in the centre and, together with the low loading sill, makes the boot easy to use. Higher trim levels also feature chrome-plated details providing further visual accents. In the SLAVIA Ambition, these can be found on the door handles and front apron, while the SLAVIA Style also sports chrome-plated design features below the side windows and on the rear apron. From the Ambition specification upwards, the front wings are adorned with a modelspecific badge including crystalline and chrome-plated details and ŠKODA lettering. The SLAVIA Style comes with dual-tone painted and brushed 16-inch alloy wheels.
The slim headlights feature crystalline elements and extend to the chrome-plated surround of the wide, hexagonal ŠKODA grille. In the Active and Ambition trim levels, the headlights come with halogen lamps for low and high beam, while the daytime running lights make use of LED technology. From the Ambition variant upwards, the car comes with circular fog lights as standard. In the SLAVIA Style specification, a hexagonal, crystalline LED module produces the low beam and high beam, while the daytime running lights are housed in a striking L-shaped LED strip. The rear lights which are split in two for the tail lights and brake lights feature LED technology, forming the ŠKODA-typical C-shaped light cluster. The SLAVIA Ambition and Style specifications feature an additional LED light on the tailgate.
2022 Skoda Slavia Colour Options:
The SLAVIA is available in five colours. In addition to the new metallic Crystal Blue paintwork, which is exclusively reserved for the new saloon, the colour options include Tornado Red, Candy White, metallic Brilliant Silver and metallic Carbon Steel, as seen on the ŠKODA KUSHAQ.
The new SLAVIA features a free-standing infotainment touchscreen measuring up to ten inches. The line running underneath is inspired by the silhouette of the ŠKODA grille and provides a hand rest for use when operating the display. The width of the spacious interior is accentuated by
a horizontal decorative strip that extends up to the striking, circular air vents on both sides. The embossed ŠKODA lettering on either side of the instrument-cluster housing adds a unique touch. The door trims and dashboard are two-tone in all three trim levels. The top section is kept in black in each case, while the lower section is light beige. The driver’s seat is height-adjustable. In the Active and Ambition trim levels, the seat covers are made of fabric, while the Style specification features leather seats.
The SLAVIA is available in the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels. The entry-level specification, Active, comes with a two-spoke steering wheel, analogue instruments and a 2.8-inch LCD display. The decorative dashboard trim comes in a black grained finish. The range of standard equipment also includes a powerful air conditioning system, LED reading lights in the front and rear, and two ISOFIX anchors and Top Tether anchor points on the rear seats. From the SLAVIA Ambition upwards, Climatronic with Air Care function and additional air vents in the rear are standard features. The LED ambient lighting also illuminates the dashboard, the storage compartment in the centre console and the door handles. The instrument cluster has a TFT display, while the gearstick and steering wheel are upholstered in leather. Vehicles fitted with a torque converter (available for Ambition and Style) or DSG (optional for Style) also boast shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The decorative dashboard trim is finished in metallic silver, while the door handles, the handbrake locking button and the surround of the air vents feature a chrome finish. The armrest in the front doubles up as a storage compartment, while the armrest in the rear incorporates cup holders. The rear seats fold down in a ratio of 60:40.
The range-topping trim level, Style, boasts particularly high levels of comfort. It features a chromeplated centre console trim and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The decorative dashboard trim features a special gloss finish. The front seats can be ventilated and the driver’s seat is height-adjustable. The seats are upholstered in perforated beige leather, which, just like the centre armrest, sports contrasting stitching. The armrests on the doors are also upholstered in leather. An electric, sliding sunroof with bounce-back feature, KESSY keyless vehicle entry, power-folding wing mirrors and a digital instrument cluster with an eight-inch colour display all come as standard.
The SLAVIA is equipped with a market-specific feature: a utility recess on the dashboard. This is where the driver can keep a lucky charm in clear view. Other ŠKODA-typical Simply Clever solutions include the ticket holder on the A-pillar, the storage option for sunglasses, an elasticated document holder in the door trim and the reflectors on the insides of all four doors, which allow other road users to spot the vehicle in the dark when any of its doors are open. The new SLAVIA’s interior has storage options with an overall capacity of 23 l. In addition to the utility recess on the dashboard, these include the storage compartments in the front doors as well as on the driver’s side, and the air-conditioned glove box. The centre console incorporates an open compartment, the Jumbo Box under the centre armrest, and an easy-grip rubber mat in the cup holders. The rear also features storage compartments in the doors, as well as cup holders in the armrest. Smartphones
can be stored in small pockets on the front seatbacks. What’s more: boasting a capacity of 521 l, the saloon features the largest boot in the segment.
The infotainment systems available for the new SLAVIA can be operated via a colour touchscreen and allow smartphone integration through SmartLink technology. In the entry-level system included in the Active trim, the smartphone has to be connected using a cable. A Bluetooth connection and built-in microphone enable hands-free phone calls when on the road. The screen measures seven inches, and devices can be charged and data transferred via a USB-A socket. The top-level infotainment system in Ambition and Style has a ten-inch colour touchscreen with functionality similar to that found in smartphones. This system features a dual tuner, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an external microphone for hands-free 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; the SLAVIA Style also comes with a Phone Box in the front, which allows selected smartphones to be charged wirelessly. Wireless SmartLink technology allows a smartphone to be mirrored without the use of a cable, too. Furthermore, this infotainment system offers access to an online store with ŠKODA Play apps for download.
The ŠKODA Play apps are available for download and can expand the capabilities of the top-end infotainment system. The Sygic app, for example, offers an offline navigation function; the coordinates required are provided by a GPS tuner that has been pre-installed in the vehicle. Entertainment is provided by the music streaming app Gaana and the audiobooks.com library, while hotels can be reserved via the Booking app. Vehicle software can also be updated ‘over the air’.
The extensive range of MyŠKODA Connect mobile online services covers various topics. The MyŠKODA Connect app, for example, provides tips for a more efficient driving style, displaying and analysing statistics. In terms of driving data, a logbook and an overview of fuel costs can be
created, a planned route can be tracked and an estimated time of arrival can be calculated. The current parking location of the SLAVIA and the route to it can be displayed in real time, parking spaces and fuel stations can be searched for, and vehicle information can be called up. The app
stores the car’s service history, and can transmit remote diagnostics and issue configurable notifications. It is possible to create an up-to-date Vehicle Health Report, or connect to a helpline or send a text message to an emergency contact in the event of an accident. Geofencing allows the owner to be notified if the SLAVIA is speeding or travelling outside a specified area.
High-quality speakers strike the right note in the new SLAVIA. The Active variant is equipped with two tweeters and two bass speakers in the front, with a total power output of 100 W. On top of that, the SLAVIA Ambition features the same specification in the rear doors, increasing the total output to 200 W. In the top-end model, Style, the ŠKODA Sound System delivers a particularly impressive audio experience. The four bass speakers in the doors each boast an extra 50 W and – for an enhanced bass experience – are supported by a 100-watt subwoofer in the spare wheel well in the boot. Optimal sound distribution can be adjusted by the amplifier fitted under the front-passenger seat. The power output of the ŠKODA Sound System is 380 W.
There is a choice of two powerful yet efficient TSI petrol engines for the ŠKODA SLAVIA. The entry-level variant, a three-cylinder 1.0 TSI,
produces 85 kW (115 PS), while the top-level engine, a four-cylinder EVO-generation 1.5 TSI, delivers 110 kW (150 PS). Both units meet India’s stringent BS6 emission standards and come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Stop/Start technology with recuperation
is another standard feature. A six-speed automatic gearbox is available as an option for the 1.0 TSI, while the 1.5 TSI can be fitted with a seven-speed DSG.
ŠKODA offers the new SLAVIA with a choice of advanced and efficient TSI petrol engines. The two units are direct injection engines and offer dynamic performance as well as low fuel consumption. Both engines meet India’s stringent BS6 emission criteria and come with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive as standard.
The SLAVIA’s entry-level engine is a powerful 1.0-litre TSI. The three-cylinder petrol unit develops 85 kW (115 PS) and a maximum torque of 178 Nm, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 km/h, while the Stop/Start system with recuperation (standard feature) contributes to the car’s low fuel consumption and correspondingly low CO2 emissions. The variant with the optional six-speed automatic transmission also comes with Stop/Start technology as standard and it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.7 seconds, with a top speed of 190 km/h.
The top-end engine is the 1.5 TSI with a power output of 110 kW (150 PS) and maximum torque of 250 Nm. The four-cylinder 1.5-litre EVO-generation engine allows the SLAVIA to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds and to achieve a top speed of 190 km/h. Numerous technical measures enable low fuel consumption. The engine can also be coupled with a seven-speed DSG. Both cars, whether fitted with a manual gearbox or automatic transmission, come with Stop/Start technology with recuperation as standard. The turbocharger features variable vane geometry, which produces more torque at a wider range of engine speeds. The cylinder liners are plasmacoated with a layer that measures just 150 μm (0.15 mm). This reduces internal friction, which lowers fuel consumption and emissions. Through better distribution and dissipation of heat in the combustion chamber, it also lowers the thermal load on the engine. Active Cylinder Technology (ACT), which makes its debut in the segment, automatically shuts down two cylinders when engine load is low, further reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The ŠKODA SLAVIA comes with excellent active and passive safety features as well as a host of assistance and safety systems as standard.
These include ESC, which ensures a high level of driving safety, the Multi-Collision Brake and a tyre pressure monitor. Occupants are protected by up to six airbags, while ISOFIX anchors and Top Tether anchor points on the rear seats allow child seats to be securely fastened. A host of practical comfort features such as Hill-Hold Control, rain and light sensors, and cruise control are also available.
Equipped with an extensive range of active and passive safety features, the new SLAVIA keeps the driver and passengers safe. A body structure – 81% of which is made of high-strength or specially hardened steels – with a high degree of torsional stiffness provides the technical basis. The range of standard equipment also includes numerous assistance and safety systems for all trim levels. These include ESC to ensure safe handling. XDS and XDS+ are part of the electronic differential system (EDS), which improves traction. The system slows down the inner wheels that are under reduced load when cornering, preventing them from spinning. Should an accident occur despite the many safety features, the Multi-Collision Brake will prevent any potential follow-on collisions by automatically and safely bringing the car to a standstill. The brake system comes with an automatic brake disc cleaning function. Rear parking sensors also come as standard, as does a tyre pressure
monitor keeping an eye on the air pressure of each wheel. From the Ambition specification upwards, the SLAVIA also features a rear-view camera to assist the driver with reverse parking.
The SLAVIA can be fitted with up to six airbags. Airbags for the driver and front passenger are standard in all models. The Style trim variant also includes front side airbags and curtain airbags. All headrests are height-adjustable and the centre seat in the rear is equipped with a three-point
seat belt. The range of standard features also includes ISOFIX anchors and Top Tether anchor points on the rear seats, allowing child seats to be easily and safely fastened.
Higher trim levels come with additional features to make journeys in the new SLAVIA even more comfortable. Cruise control is part of the standard equipment from the Ambition specification upwards, while Hill-Hold Control is included in the Style trim level (for cars with automatic
transmission, from Ambition). The range-topping variant also comes with light and rain sensors which automatically activate the low beam or windscreen wipers as required.
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