NEW infotainment systems are being introduced into Skoda's flagship Superb as well as its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs.
Based on the Volkswagen Group's third-generation modular infotainment matrix, the new systems offer not only the Laura digital voice assistant but also a variety of other online features including Internet radio and wireless SmartLink technology.
The infotainment functions in the Czech company's Scala and Kamiq models- which already use the system - is also being upgraded.
Smartphones can be paired via wireless technology and Android Auto, Apple CarPlay or MirrorLink and infotainment apps include news or weather reports.
Skoda's Bolero infotainment and Amundsen navigation systems each come with an eight-inch touchscreen, while the top-of-the-range Columbus navigation set up has a 9.2-inch screen.
Map and software updates or on-demand functions such as navigation for the Bolero system are updated ‘over the air'.
With the Amundsen and Columbus systems a Skoda ID account can now be created directly from the vehicle with the relevant Internet availability and both systems will pick up online radio stations.
The changes also apply to Scala and Kamiq models equipped with Amundsen navigation and destinations can be transferred directly from the car's Connect app to the navigation system.
The latest generation of infotainment also offers the option of online personalisation, which enables custom settings stored in the user's own Skoda Connect account to be transferred to different cars made by the manufacturer.
As part of the latest generation of infotainment, the Superb, Kodiaq and Karoq are receiving the latest interfaces for connecting mobile and storage devices with USB-C ports replacing the previous USB-A ports both at the front in the centre console.
Another new feature is the option of a USB-C port built into the roof above the rear-view mirror, which can be used to power a dashcam, for example. This will also be available in Scala and Kamiq models.