Porsche has shown the first & # 39; s photos of the screen-loaded cockpit of the Taycan, the company's first electric car and the tip of the spearhead of the attempt by parent company Volkswagen to distance itself from Dieselgate with an enormous pressure on EV's.
While other modern Porsches contain a combination of touch screens and touch-sensitive control panels, the Taycan takes that idea one step further. The car can be optionally equipped with up to three screens over the dashboard and two touch-sensitive panels for controlling matters such as heat and air conditioning.
Two touchscreens are standard on the Taycan. The first is the digital instrument panel, which measures 16.8 inches and is curved so that it can be easily viewed through the steering wheel, with touch sensitive parts on the outer edges. There is also a 10.9-inch central display where the driver can tinker with the car's settings or access the integrated Apple Music app. Porsche adds one third touchscreen for the passenger for a price not yet announced.
Drivers and passengers can access the car's climate settings through a more modernized version of the touch-sensitive center console panel that Porsche has used in cars such as the Panamera and the Cayenne. The 8.4-inch touch panel uses haptic feedback to let users know that their touch is registered. A 5.9 inch rear panel can also be added to the rear of the center console for rear passengers.
Ivo van Hulten, Porsche & # 39; s director for interior design style, says in the company's press release that the interior of the Taycan has been designed with a "less is more" approach. Although there is certainly less going on than in, say, the interior of a modern Mercedes-Benz, the Taycan is not an exercise in minimalism. There are fewer physical buttons than in most Porsches, and the company introduces a voice control feature that can be activated by saying, "Hey Porsche." But it is still far from the sleek design of something like the Tesla Model 3.
Porsche has not been shy about the price of the Taycan (it starts around $ 90,000) or some of its specifications (it will use 800-volt battery technology to enable fast charging up to 350 kW, and has a range of 200 to 300 miles, for example). But the German car manufacturer will release all the details when the car is unveiled on September 4, which is almost four years since the car was first teased as the Mission E concept.