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Is This The Skoda Slavia CNG Testing On Indian Roads? Read Details

By:Arjun Sharma
Updated On: April 6, 2024 09:03 IST
Arjun is auto enthusiast who enjoys driving and talking about cars. He has expertise in New Cars, New Bikes, Maintenance and Buying advice.
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Is This The Skoda Slavia CNG Testing On Indian Roads? Read Details

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Skoda Slavia spied testing with emission mapping equipment
  • Possiblilty for a CNG or new engine option?
  • Scored 5-star GNCAP rating

Skoda Slavia sedan is one of the safest in the country with a GNCAP safety rating of 5 stars. While it clocks good numbers for the brand, we have caught the same testing on the roads with emission testing equipment latched on its back. Is this finally the Slavia CNG? Is this a new powertrain option? Read on to find out what it means for the sedan, but before that, make sure you join our 91Wheels WhatsApp Group community of petrolheads to never miss out on any updates from the automotive world.

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Skoda Slavia CNG Testing Or A New Powertrain?

Skoda Slavia
Above: Skoda Slavia with emission testing equipment

By the looks of it, the Slavia is toying around with mechanics with an emissions testing kit attached. This gives fuel to the talks about a Slavia CNG making its debut soon. But why do we say so? Skoda in the past had confirmed about a CNG powertrain with the Skoda Rapid, which is now discontinued. However, it could very well be just a routine testing of the current engine options.

Skoda Slavia
Above: Skoda Slavia sedan

While it is not highly likely to be the CNG powertrain, it cannot be hard-pressed sidelined. It could be possible that the Skoda might introduce the economical CNG powertrain in future. And that makes sense keeping in mid the adoption of the same in Indian market. If that happens, it will be interesting to see how the carmaker performers while playing around the greener fuel option.

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Powertrain

Skoda Slavia
Above: Skoda Slavia interior

The Slavia offers a range of powertrain options to choose from. It includes a 115hp, 150Nm 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine, mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Alternatively, there is a more potent 150hp, 250Nm 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine available as well. This engine variant comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. There is however no diesel option on offer.

Skoda Superb Indian Launch Confirmed

Above: Skoda Superb front facia

After its departure from the Indian market, a section of enthusiast buyers always longed for the return of this sedan. Now after a long time, it is finally making its comeback in the country. The sedan will be entering India through completely CBU route. It makes use of the rule GSR 870 of iports where a carmaker can bring 2500 units to the country without any need for homologation. However, it is important to note that it is not the latest gen Superb.

Above: Skoda Superb side profile

It comes with a 2.0 litre turbo petrol unit that churns out 190bhp and a peak torque of 320 Nm of torque. While it was earlier price at around 35 lakhs, the CBU route will position it at around 45 lakhs ex-showroom

Verdict

In terms of a CNG sedan, the Indian market is no stranger. While we had Tata Tigor CNG, the C-segemnt still lacks this greener option. If it happens, it would be interesting to see if buyers are willing to adapt it with their bigger sedans.

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