New Porsche Cayenne to feature completely redesigned cockpit
The model will debut in Shanghai next month
Porsche has presented a completely new, innovative architecture for the interior of the new Cayenne which will celebrate its world première on April 18 at the Auto Shanghai show in China.
Dubbed as the "Porsche Driver Experience", the new dashboard will feature a fully digital display, versatile individualisation and intuitive operation.
The instrument cluster is now a fully digital, free-standing, 12.6-inch curved display that does not require a hood cover, thus giving it a modern, slimline appearance. Depending on the equipment level, the driver can choose from up to seven views on the instrument cluster.
The rev counter, online navigation, Night Vision Assist or 3D driving assistance system can all be selected to be in the foreground. A greatly reduced view and a classic mode are also available, the latter of which transfers the typical Porsche five-tube instrument cluster design into the digital age.
All the controls that are important to the driving experience are also grouped directly around the steering wheel. Typically for a Porsche, the new engine start button is to the left of the steering wheel.
The gear selector is now to the right of the steering wheel between the instrument cluster and the central display. This makes room on the centre console for a new, large air conditioning control panel with analogue controls and more storage space.
Porsche has also put the completely redesigned control lever for the driver assistance systems directly on the steering wheel in the new Cayenne.
The new multifunction sports steering wheel originates from the 911 and has been completely reworked compared to the previous model, with a high-quality, modern and sporty design. The driving mode switch for selecting Normal, Offroad, Sport and Sport Plus modes directly on the steering wheel is now standard.
The new toggle button for selecting functions and designs in the instrument cluster is also located directly on the steering wheel, as are the controls for the optional head-up display.
While the new air conditioning control panel on the centre console with its glass surface in a black panel design ensures a particularly high-quality look, air conditioning settings can be made quickly and intuitively on the clearly laid out control surface.
The combination of touch recognition and haptic feedback with mechanical air conditioning switches as well as a physical volume controller ensures functionality that is both haptically and aesthetically pleasing.
A completely new feature in the Porsche Cayenne is the optionally integrated 10.9-inch passenger display, which allows the front passenger to take the strain off the driver, for example by operating the navigation or selecting a media service. Special foil ensures that the display cannot be seen from the driver's seat. This means videos can be streamed on the passenger display without distracting the driver.
For the first time, Porsche has designed all the air outlets in the cockpit without louvres.
Porsche has further improved connectivity in the new Cayenne as well. A cooled smartphone storage area with an inductive charging function comes as standard. The cooling allows an optimised charging power of up to 15 watts.
Also new are two USB-C ports in the front storage compartment and another two fast-charging USB-C ports in the rear area of the centre console. To pair a smartphone with the vehicle, all you have to do is scan the QR code displayed in the PCM on it.
The cockpit also takes elements of the Taycan electric sports car and transfers them for the first time to a Porsche with a combustion engine.
It includes a digital instrument cluster in a so-called curved and free-standing design with variable display options, a redesigned centre console and a latest-generation steering wheel.
Last but not least, the automatic gear selector is now located to the right of the steering wheel. This makes room on the centre console for a large air conditioning controller in a sophisticated black panel design.