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Skoda Slavia production begins in India, 95% localization

Written by Akhil Dalvi

Czech automotive manufacturer Skoda has announced that it has begun the production of its all-new Slavia sedan in India. As part of its INDIA 2.0 project, Skoda will produce the premium mid-size sedan at its Chakan plant, Pune. Skoda stated that it would build the new Slavia with up to 95% localization, lowering the overall cost of ownership. Unveiled on 18th November 2021, the Slavia marks the beginning of a brand new journey for Skoda in India.

Skoda and Volkswagen both invested more than one billion euros in an effort to rejuvenate their plans for India. By following its INDIA 2.0 projection, both companies aim to reach a combined market share of 5% by 2025. The two companies will also share the MQB-A0-IN platform, specifically built for India, on all its forthcoming models. Skoda has also set up an all-new MQB production line at its Pune plant to fulfil its localization plans.

2022 Skoda Slavia: Design Details 

Representing 125 years of Skoda’s design evolution, the new Slavia bears resemblance to its elder siblings, the Octavia and Superb. The midsize premium sedan sports a robust front end with a new hexagonal grille with a double slat design. Additionally, the new Slavia features sharply contoured, crease-free lines, a wide, muscular stance, and unique L-shaped LED DRLs.

Along with LED headlamps and C-shaped LED taillights, the sedan also sports 16-inch, dual-tone alloy wheels with rounded wheel arches. Skoda will offer the Slavia in 3 variants- Active, Ambition, and Style along with 5 colour options in India. These include Candy White, Brilliant Silver, Carbon Steel, Tornado Red, and Crystal Blue.

2022 Skoda Slavia: Interiors and Features Details 

Skoda has ensured to employ its latest design concept on the Slavia’s interior that mimics its European models. The front dashboard houses the new 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Skoda Play Apps wireless Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The brand has also equipped the Slavia with ventilated front seats, wireless charging, and two USB-C ports for rear passengers.

Additionally, the premium sedan will also feature a utility recess on the dashboard, smartphone pockets, rear cupholders, and a sunroof. The top-spec Style variant will feature the touch-control Climatronic system with Air Care function, six airbags, and ISOFIX mounts. Other convenience and safety features of the Slavia include Hill-Hold Control, rain and light sensors, and cruise control.

2022 Skoda Slavia: Powertrain Details 

Skoda will offer a choice of two petrol engines for the new Slavia sedan with no option for a diesel. The first is the 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, sourced from Volkswagen that develops 115 PS and 178 Nm. Meanwhile, the Slavia will also feature the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI turbo-petrol engine, producing 150 PS and 250 Nm.

The brand will offer a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox as options for the 1.0-litre engine. Skoda will offer a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed, DSG automatic transmission for the more powerful 1.5-litre engine. Both engines will drive the front wheels, but the 1.5-litre motor will feature active cylinder deactivation for improved fuel efficiency.

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