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Skoda’s Infotainment System Gets An Upgrade!


Updated infotainment systems are based on Volkswagen Group’s third-generation modular infotainment matrix

 

  • The updated infotainment systems are available in 8-inch or 9.2-inch options.

  • It gets additional features like a built-in SIM, an improved Laura digital assistant, internet radio, and wireless SmartLink.

  • It also gets more user-profile customisation options, OTA updates, and USB-C type ports.

  • It is likely to be introduced in the India-spec models like the Karoq, Kodiaq and Superb in the future.

Skoda has introduced its updated infotainment systems in the Superb, Karoq as well as the Kodiaq in Europe. Based on Volkswagen Group’s third-generation modular infotainment matrix, this updated infotainment system is available with the option of an 8-inch or 9.2-inch screen, and features a variety of new features and upgrades

 

One of the main additions to Skoda’s new infotainment system is permanent built-in SIM with internet connectivity. This translates into an improved digital voice assistant, dubbed Laura, that is now compatible with 15 different languages. In addition to this, you get wireless SmartLink which enables Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity without a wired phone connection, and internet radio.

Its navigation functions and software updates are now available over the air with the option of transferring your desired direction from your phone to the car’s navigation system via the Skoda Connect App. Another nifty addition to the infotainment system is the ability to create a Skoda ID account directly from the vehicle. For those that are annoyed at constantly changing infotainment settings for different people, you can create upto 14 custom profiles that  can be transferred to other Skoda models as well. And finally, Skoda has added a USB-C port for all three models with the option of another port built into the roof above the rear-view mirror which can be used to power a dashcam. This feature will also make its way into the Scala and Kamiq in the future.

Back home, Skoda sells the Superb facelift as well as the Karoq with prices starting at Rs 30 lakh and 25 lakh (ex-showroom), with both featuring an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. However this isn’t the updated one. Expect Skoda to introduce the new system  in its India-spec models in the near future. 

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