Skoda has just revealed the first sketches of the interior of the Slavia, a compact and economical saloon specially designed for the indian market.
The Czech firm leaves little to the imagination for the definitive presentation of the model, which is the second of the Volkswagen Group’s offensive for this emerging market, after the launch of the Skoda Kushaq, a B-SUV that you find in the Skoda Kamiq to his European “first cousin”.
The Slavia is designed with the same architecture as the Kamiq: the MQB-A0-IN. This platform adapted for the Asian country is a derivative of the MQB-A0 platform that welcomes the small cars of the group, in addition to the Scala and the new Fabia, as well as the SEAT Ibiza and Arona or the Volkswagen Polo.
To conquer the Indian market
As Skoda had already anticipated, the Slavia is a sedan of 4.54 m long and 2,651 m wheelbase (something smaller than the Octavia) and that “will have a great interior habitability”, An aspect that is becoming a common denominator in the Czech brand’s models. The first sketches give us some clues about the final design of the cabin, but they are limited to the front of it.
In the image shared by the brand of the interior of the Slavia there is a certain similarity compared to the Skoda Fabia renovated recently and already on sale in Europe.
Without losing sight of the preferences and specifications that the Slavia will have taking into account its main market, we find common characteristics in the design language of the Czech brand such as a simple design console, the horizontal molding to emphasize the spaciousness of the cabin or details such as round air vents and embossing.
In addition, the brand has revealed that the model will feature a central touch screen up to 10 inches Through which the multimedia system of the car can be controlled. Underneath, it will have a nod to the car’s exterior grille: one of the differentiating elements in terms of the design of the model, as can be seen in its version closest to production, revealed with a specific camouflage work of the Indian designer Shreyas Karambelkar.
The range of engines of the new Skoda Slavia will be composed exclusively of gasoline mechanics: the access version will be a motor 1.0 TSI de 115 CV while the superior will carry a 1.5 TSI de 150 CV.
Both will have an associated Manual gearbox with six gears Standard, but you can opt for a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic on the entry version or a seven-speed DGS on the more powerful.
With the so-called “project India 2.0”The Volkwagen Group seeks to strengthen the presence of Skoda and Volkswagen in the country in the long term and, depending on the evolution of the segment, to achieve a combined market share of 5% already in 2025. Investments in the project amount to billion euros, including 275 million euros in research and development of new models in the high-volume segments of the country.
In the medium term, the manufacturer intends to export the models built in India to other emerging markets. As is already the case with the Kushaq, the series production of the new Slavia will take place at the Volkswagen Group facilities in Pune.
The brand has confirmed that the presentation in society of the new Skoda Slavia will be next November 18. Shortly after its debut, orders will be opened and the first deliveries will take place in early 2022.