Skoda has brought back the Skoda Play 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system on Kushaq and Slavia as the issue of semiconductor shortage seems to be abating with supplies being resumed back to their normal levels. Our recent visit to the showroom just confirmed the following story.
Just so you know, Skoda installed a smaller 8.0-inch infotainment system on both these models in May last year on account of semiconductor shortages although now with the resumption of the supply, the original large-screen touchscreen has been reinstated. However, it is important to note that the 10-inch touchscreen is available only on the top-spec Style variants of these cars whereas previously it was available from the middle-spec Ambition variants of these models.
The restoration of the 10-inch infotainment equips both models with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity besides adding a sub-woofer to Style variants. The new screen is a complete touch unit and lacks any physical buttons or shortcuts, something that is available on the 8.0-inch unit of Ambition trim.
In addition to the Style trim of Kushaq and Slavia, the new infotainment system is also available on Slavia Matte Edition and Kushaq Monte Carlo. The middle-spec Ambition, however, is now devoid of the dongle connectivity that was previously available with the trim level. Further, Skoda has silently updated Kushaq’s top-trim Style variant with 17-inch single-tone silver alloys which previously featured a dual-tone five-spoke gun metal design.
Following these updates, the prices of both models have gone under revision. Updated Slavia now ranges between Rs 10.89 lakh and Rs 16.72 lakh for the 1.0 TSI version while the more powerful 1.5 TSI can be had between Rs 15.04 lakh and Rs 19.12 lakh. Kushaq, on the other hand, costs between Rs 10.89 lakh and 18.41 lakh for the 1.0 TSI version and Rs 15.17 lakh and Rs 20 lakh for the 1.5 TSI version. MY24 Skoda Slavia and Kushaq are set to start arriving November or December 2023 itself.