The bookings for the Skoda Slavia have already started and the launch is expected in the first quarter of 2022
When the upcoming koda Slavia first broke cover, it was hard not to picture the Octavia as it clearly shares so much similarity. Clearly, the Czech carmaker is banking on a good track record of one of the most popular premium sedans in the country.
Coming to the track, the Octavia was available in a top-spec VRS trim over its previous generation models- VRS 230 and VRS 245. Both the models were high-performance derivatives of the standard Octavia that came with more oomph under the bonnet and sportier looks.
The extended ponytails below the belt were complemented by exceptional handling and maneuverability providing an exciting driving experience that an enthusiast has always wanted. While the VRS trim for the new-generation Octavia in India is still a distant dream for car buyers, Slavia’s fully loaded VRS trim blowing all guns out might not be a bad idea.
Skoda Slavia VRS – Presented Design
Courtesy of Pratyush Raut Slavia has been digitally conceived as a high-performance VRS variant. The rendering looks uncharacteristically like the Octavia VRS with a similar silhouette and a sloping coupe-like roof. The only difference is that in the Octavia, the front grille was more angular, while in the Slavia VRS illustration, the grille appears to be more flat.
The Slavia VRS gets the all-black treatment on the front grille, air intake and splitters, thus eliminating all the chrome trims seen on the front face of the regular Slavia. The signature Skoda Butterfly grille also gets ‘vRS’ badging. Similar to the Octavia VRS, the circular fog lamps make way for a thin LED strip on each side of the front bumper.
That said, the dual-beam projector LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs from the standard model have been carried forward in this provided design. Diamond-cut alloy wheels along with red colored brake calipers enhance the visual appeal of the car.
Expected Powertrain Specs
If the Slavia VRS ever makes it to production, it could be powered by a 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol unit in high condition. In the Octavia vRS, this unit produces 241 bhp at 5000rpm and 370 Nm at 1600rpm, when mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Complementing the extra pony from the motor would be a tighter suspension setup that offers sportier handling and hence more attractive performance.
In its standard form, the Slavia is offered with two turbocharged petrol engine options – a 1.0-litre TSI unit and a 1.5-litre TSI unit. Both the units are available with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of a 6-speed automatic transmission for the former and a 7-speed DSG transmission for the latter.