Skoda has silently introduced the VW Group’s fully digital Virtual Cockpit instrument panel in the Octavia in India. It is available with the range-topping, fully loaded L&K variant of Skoda’s bread and butter premium model. The Czech automaker has simultaneously introduced the same in Europe, but with its entire premium range: Octavia, Karoq (India-bound), Superb and the Kodiaq. The group’s Virtual Cockpit debuted in Skoda’s lineup with the Karoq mid-size SUV in 2017.
While it is an optional add-on in Europe with a price tag of £450 (~ Rs 43K), Skoda has not increased the prices of the L&K variant of the Octavia here. The petrol L&K with the 1.8-litre TSI is priced at Rs 23.15 lakh and the diesel L&K with the 2.0-litre TDI costs Rs 25.75 lakh (all prices ex-showroom pan-India). With this addition, the Octavia has now become the least expensive car in the country to offer a fully digital instrument cluster.
The cluster in question is a 12.3-inch high definition TFT display flanked by LED bar indicators for fuel and engine temperature. The unit is backed up by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 30 chipset and Skoda promises swift actions through menus. Since it is a digital display it is customisable and the driver can choose from five different basic layouts: Classic, Modern, Extended, Basic and Sports. It also relays the navigation maps from the infotainment system along with plenty of other functions, including music.
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