Here’s a sneak peek into Skoda’s upcoming sedan under the VW Group’s India 2.0 project. Skoda’s named it the Slavia and it is most likely going to be built on the MQB-A0-IN platform. That means it’ll share a lot of similarities with the Kushaq and if that’s the case then, among the mid-size sedans on sale in India, the Skoda Slavia would easily be the car with the longest wheelbase (2,651 mm). The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz’s 2600-mm wheelbase is currently the longest in the segment followed by City and Verna.
Oh, and we won’t be surprised if Skoda uses the TSI engines from the Kushaq in the Slavia as well. The Kushaq has the 114-bhp 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine and also gets the powerful 148-bhp 1.5-litre TSI engine. There are three transmission options that are available. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol can be mated to either a 6-speed manual ‘box or a 6-speed torque converter auto gearbox. Whereas, the 1.5-litre TSI can be paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG. To think of it, that 148-bhp 1.5-litre TSI engine in the Slavia would be something, wouldn’t it?
We wouldn’t mind at all if the Slavia turns out to be like a mini version of the Superb. In fact, the good thing about it will that it’ll be far more accessible. There’s no word on whether the Slavia will replace the Rapid or not, we’ll have to wait for more updates from Skoda. In the meantime, take a look at the Slavia teaser from Skoda.