Skoda became the latest brand from the Volkswagen Group to offer the ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument display as an option for most of its models. Earlier, Volkswagen brands Audi and VW offer the “Virtual Cockpit” for their models and shortly thereafter, this option was also available for the Seat and the Cupra brands. Now, Skoda has joined the gang by announcing that it will be offering the “virtual cockpit” option for its Octavia, Superb and Karoq models as well as for the Kodiaq that is slated to launched later in 2018.
The virtual cockpit is quite similar to the one found on other VW Group models, comprising a large high-definition TFT screen having a customizable layout and 3D graphics instead of the conventional analogue dials. The system allows users to prioritize the instruments over the sat-nav map or vice versa, with entertainment, trip and driving assist information screens also customizable. The model will have controls mounted on the steering wheel that make it possible to transition between different displays and zoom into the map.
Virtual Cockpit can be specified on Octavia and Superb models from SE spec and above, and from SE L spec and above on Karoq and Kodiaq models.
The system will not be available the lesser Skoda modelslike the Rapid, Fabia and Citigoas they have an older platform and dashboard design. Another reason is the financial viability of adding the software to the lesser models.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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