The long-running semiconductor shortage has affected automakers around the world a great deal and in the latest instance, Skoda India has to replace the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system in its Kushaq and Slavia with a smaller eight-inch unit. This update will be applicable from 1 June, 2022.
The 10-inch touchscreen infotainment unit supports Skoda Play apps, Skoda Connect, and wireless SmartLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity. It also comes with Sygic offline navigation and a valet mode. Meanwhile, the downsized eight-inch touchscreen infotainment gets wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
On the other hand, the entry-level trims will reportedly continue to feature the seven-inch touchscreen with wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
The Kushaq and Slavia are powered by the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines. Skoda offers a choice of a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and a seven-speed DSG transmission.
Commenting on the occasion, Zack Hollis, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, said, “In light of the continued semi-conductor shortage, we have made some minor updates to the equipment in our INDIA 2.0 cars w.e.f. 1st June onwards, so that our customers face no undue delays in taking delivery of their ŠKODA. Customers will be appraised of the feature updates by their dealers. We at Skoda Auto India thank you for choosing a Skoda and for standing by us in these times of supply shortages. Irrespective of the global situation, we shall always endeavor to provide the best buying and ownership experience with a Skoda.”