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Skoda Slavia & Kushaq will get aftermarket infotainment due to chip shortage

Written by Rohit Tonapi

Skoda will soon rejig its features in the Kushaq and also the Slavia. The reason for this is the ongoing semiconductor shortage. The issue impacted almost all carmakers worldwide, and Skoda is one of them. The new update will come into effect on 1st June 2022. Skoda is also doing this so that there are no delays with deliveries. Skoda took it to Twitter to announce the same. 

To combat the issue, Skoda introduced new variants for the Kushaq – Ambition Classic and Active Peace. These variants did not come with certain features and had a lesser asking price. Skoda said the model could be retrofitted with the missing features once they became available. However, the Skoda Slavia was not affected until now. 

Skoda Slavia & Kushaq – Revised Features

As a part of this update, the Slavia and Kushaq’s top-end models will miss out on the 10-inch touchscreen. The change pertains to the Style and Ambition variants of the two models. The models will now come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The change is because of supply chain issues from the OEM that supplies the larger touchscreen display.

The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment displays will miss out on a host of features. One of which includes the lack of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, the system also won’t be compatible with the Skoda Play App. Another difference includes the lack of touch-sensitive controls. Instead, the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display will come with dedicated knobs for volume and other functions. However, Skoda confirmed that its recent launch, the Kushaq Monte Carlo, will continue to get the 10-inch unit. Additionally, contrary to some online reports, the cars will continue to have the wireless charging feature.

What About The Volkswagens?

The Skoda Kushaq and Slavia share platforms with Volkswagen’s Taigun and Virtus. Currently, there is no confirmation from Volkswagen’s end regarding any feature revisions. However, it remains to be seen how Skoda’s sister brand handles the crisis. Volkswagen will launch the Virtus sedan on 9th June 2022. We will only be able to confirm as the launch nears or after the launch if the Virtus will get the 10-inch unit or not.

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