Earlier this week Porsche released a teaser photo of the upcoming Taycan’s dashboard that revealed what the top half would look like. Now, the photographers have panned out and shown us the entire thing.
Said to be inspired by the original 1963 911’s dashboard, the Taycan’s interior is a mix of both retro minimalism and high technology.
Though the interior appears to be mostly straight lines and flat surfaces like that of the first 911, the instrument cluster has a curved 16.8-inch screen without a cowl. The effect is supposed to be reminiscent of a smartphone or tablet and there are even small touch-control fields at the edges of it for operating the light and chassis functions.
The configurable cluster can be toggled between four different display modes. There’s Classic mode, reminiscent of traditional Porsche gauges albeit with a power meter in lieu of a tachometer in the central display. Map mode swaps out the power meter for, of course, a map, while Full Map mode spreads the map across the entire display. Finally, there’s Pure mode which displays only essential information like speed, traffic signs and a simple arrow for navigation instructions.
The German marque has wholeheartedly embraced a futuristic feel for the Taycan’s interior. In addition to the digital gauge cluster and a 10.9-inch infotainment system with a customisable home screen, there’s a canted, 8.4-inch touch panel with haptic feedback through which functions like the air-conditioning are controlled. It also has handwriting recognition.
Porsche isn’t the first company to ditch conventional buttons entirely for touch-capacitive controls, but other companies that have, such as Cadillac and Lincoln, have reversed course and are now returning to the humble button. It’s a dramatic change for Porsche, previously known for its button-heavy interiors. Tesla buyers, however, seem pleased with having all car functions accessible via a large touch screen, and Porsche appears to have kept said buyers in mind.
In fact, it looks like Porsche has one-upped Tesla by even offering an optional display for the passenger side of the dashboard.
Though haptic feedback will help drivers adjust to touch-capacitive controls, Taycan owners will be able to say “Hey Porsche” to control functions verbally. That includes airflow in the cabin, which Porsche boasts is now controlled both digitally and fully automatically. You can toggle between Focused and Diffused, depending on how powerful and directional you want your air-conditioning. The four-zone automatic climate control is also adjustable via a 5.9-inch touch control panel in the rear of the cabin.
If you have grave concerns about the sustainability of the leather tanning process, Porsche wants to extend an olive branch to you. In addition to classic leather, Porsche is offering the Club Leather OLEA, which uses olive leaves in the tanning process. Even more sustainable is the available Race-Tex upholstery, a high-quality microfibre made partially from recycled polyester fibres and said to use 80 per cent less CO2 in its production than traditional materials. Also eco-friendly is the Econyl floor covering, made from recycled materials like old fishing nets.
The teaser photos show a largely monochromatic colour scheme but, rest assured, Porsche has some intriguing colour selections to choose from. This includes Taycan-exclusive colours like Blackberry, Atacama Beige, Meranti Brown and the mysterious Black-Lime Beige. An optional interior accent package adds contrasting accents in matte black, dark silver or neodyme, the latter a champagne colour. Finally, the doors and centre console can be outfitted with either wood trim, matte carbon, embossed aluminium, or fabric.
The Taycan will be unveiled in September with deliveries for North American and European buyers set to begin late this year. Australian deliveries will commence sometime in 2020.
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