Czech automobile major Skoda has finally launched its all-new Skoda Slavia compact Sedan in India on Thursday. The car has been launched in five colour options and is available in three trims - Active, Style and Comfort. 
Making a global debut in India, the new Slavia officially replaces the Rapid Sedan in the country compact sedan space which is produced on the company’s localised MQB-A0-IN platform. 
Pre-bookings for the new car has begun today after the announcement. 
The new version of Skoda Slavia is a part of the four new brands the company intends to launch with Volkswagen under the India 2.0 strategy. The new car is, in fact, it's the first sedan that is developed on the new platform and by introducing this new Slavia the carmaker is aiming to further expand its sedan legacy and association with India. 

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The deliveries for the new Skoda Slavia is said to begin from Q1 2022. 
Keeping its classic look intact, the Skoda Slavia is a 5-door sedan that comes with a coupe-like roofline, measuring 4,541 mm and comes with a width of 1,752 mm. Coming to its height Slavia is 1,487 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,651 mm. The new Slavia has the longest wheelbase in this version. Meanwhile, the company stated that the Skoda Slavia is even bigger than the first-generation Octavia sedan. 
Other visual signs include the signature butterfly grille with vertical slats and thick chrome borders, edged by smooth LED headlamps with LED DRLs. The car also comes in sporty multi-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels that have a fierce-looking bumper having a broad mesh-pattern grille for the air dam. For its rear, Skoda has gone with its C-shaped signature LED tail lamps that have been divided into two parts. It additionally extends into the boot lid.
Taking a page out from the interior design of the recent Skoda cars, the Slavia’s cabin is well-laid-out. This comes in the form of distinctive air vents that are round, a contrasting colour decorative trim strip and an embossed wordmark on the pinnacle. 

Slavia also boasts of a 10-inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a new signature two-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and an 8-inch fully digital instrument cluster. The car also gets comfort features like ventilated front seats, wireless charger, auto day/night IRVM, rear AC vents and more.
The powertrain of the Slavia is similar to that of the Skoda Kushaq, which comes in a 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder engine and a 1.5 litre four-cylinder TSI unit, both being turbocharged petrol motors. The 1.0 litre engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and an optional 6-speed automatic torque converter that makes 113 bhp and 175 Nm of peak torque. The bigger 1.5 litre motor comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit that makes 148 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. Similar to Kushaq, Slavia’s 1.5 litre engine comes with active cylinder technology (ACT) that automatically shuts down two cylinders at cruising speeds that increase fuel efficiency.

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