The 10-inch touchscreen in the higher variants is expected to be replaced with a smaller 8.0-inch Panasonic unit in the higher variants.
The 10-inch touchscreen should be replaced with a smaller 8.0-inch Panasonic unit
Skoda should give the Slavia an update in the coming weeks. According to some dealers we spoke to, Skoda is set to replace the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system on higher Slavia variants. The 10-inch main unit is expected to be replaced with a smaller 8.0-inch unit that would come from Panasonic. Although we haven’t heard any official news from Skoda, the update could be due to the continued shortage of semiconductors affecting the automotive industry.
Moreover, some reports suggest that the top variants are also likely to lack wireless charging and it remains to be seen if the new unit will support smartphone wireless connectivity. Apart from the equipment update, the Slavia is also set to receive its first price hike next month, with the quantum expected to hit Rs 50,000. The Slavia was launched at introductory prices in India, with the rise signifying the end of the introductory price period.
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The Slavia has had a strong start in India for Skoda with more than 14,000 bookings registered since its launch in late February. The company also reported see stronger-than-expected demand for the 1.5 TSI model which accounted for approximately 30% of overall reservations.
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Skoda’s compact sedan was launched in India in late February 2022 with prices currently ranging from Rs 10.69 lakh to Rs 16.19 lakh (ex-showroom). Two engine options are offered – a 114PS 1.0 TSI unit which is the mainstay of the range and the more powerful 148PS 1.5 TSI engine available only in the fully loaded model. Both units come with manual and automatic gearbox options (DSG for the 1.5 TSI).
The Slavia takes on the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz in the compact sedan segment with its sister model, the Virtus, which is due to launch on June 9.