Skoda is working on a new affordable model that could serve as the successor to the Skoda Rapid sedan in a number of markets. The car should be given the historical name Slavia. Its premiere will take place before the end of 2021. How the novelty will look was first shown on renders.
Judging by the images published by Czech independent designers from the Auto portal, the novelty will receive a radiator grille with vertical wedges, made in the brand’s corporate style, as well as LED head optics and taillights on LED-elements, united by a narrow horizontal chrome strip.
The name Slavia was first used in 1899 on Laurin & Klement motorcycles. In 2020, a concept car of the same name, based on the Scala hatchback, appeared in the Skoda lineup. Now the Czechs are preparing a production model designed for the markets of developing countries (mainly India).
The new items will be based on the MQB A0 platform, on which the Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo were built. The engines for the novelty will be liter 3-cylinder turbo engines with a return of 95 and 110 horsepower, working in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission or a 7-band “robot” with two clutches. At the top of the range will be a 1.5-liter “supercharged” 150-strong “four”, aggregated exclusively by DSG.
The Skoda Slavia will go on sale in 2022.