The launch of the upcoming Skoda Slavia is likely to be held early next month. For now, the company has announced that the mid-size sedan has gone into production at its Chakan plant.
Earlier this week, Zac Hollis Brand Director, Skoda India, confirmed that the deliveries of the upcoming Skoda Slavia mid-size sedan will commence in March this year. Now, the firm has officially announced that the Slavia has gone into production, and the first sedan has rolled out of its Chakan plant in Pune.
Just like its sibling and cousin, the Kushaq and Taigun, the Slavia is based on the MQB-A0-IN, which in effect means that the new sedan is also heavily localised. This could mean that the aftersales experience will be light on the customer's pocket.
The launch is likely to take place next month. But the question is – will Skoda India retail the Rapid and the Slavia side by side? The Rapid starts at Rs 7.80 lakh (ex-showroom), which makes it the most affordable Skoda product in its India portfolio. With the discontinuation of the Rapid, the Slavia is likely to be the most affordable product. The prices may start from Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).
Christian Cahn von Seelen, Chairman of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, 'Today, with the production rollout of the ŠKODA SLAVIA, we are igniting the next stage of our INDIA 2.0 product campaign. The SLAVIA is a strong testament to our intent and capability in the Indian market. The SLAVIA will not only provide a boost to the premium sedan segment but will also showcase ŠKODA AUTO’s expertise, pedigree, and legacy with sedans in terms of design, packaging, dynamics, technology, and value.'