The Skoda Kushaq and Skoda Slavia used to get a larger 10-inch infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It had a crisp resolution and a very intuitive user interface. But the lack of a chip has been replaced by a smaller 8-inch unit in the Slavia and Kushaq.
It is also worth noting that Skoda will not replace it with a bigger unit once the chip is removed. Like all infotainment systems, the new 8-inch infotainment system also has a display to process data and a compute element behind it.
It uses the same semiconductor processor as the 10-inch unit. But one thing to note is that not all processors are created equally. If an OEM wants to add a new feature, the processing architecture has to be literally baked into the processor.
A processor with additional feature add-ups is more difficult to manufacture and therefore more expensive. Features like wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are to be integrated into the chip manufacturing process. So let us tell you what is available in this new 8-inch infotainment system.
It seems that the processor of the old 10-inch unit that had all the features is now a rarity or even ridiculously expensive. That’s why Skoda has chosen new chips, which do not have all the features. If only the processor and features are taken out, Skoda can still output the same 10-inch display.
Because it is only an LCD panel with a display touch sampling layer and can output any signal provided by any processor. The new chip may not be able to power all the pixels on the high-resolution 10-inch screen.
With the downgraded screen and removed features, Skoda should have slightly lowered the price tag of the affected models. But it hasn’t happened. But on the contrary, Skoda has increased the prices of these cars by up to 60 thousand rupees.
Skoda still retains the old 10-inch screen with all the features on the top-spec Monte Carlo variant of the Skoda Kushaq, which is priced around Rs 19.49 lakh (ex-showroom).