Porsche streamlines the Taycan EV’s infotainment system

Daniel Fowler
August 25, 2019

Four display modes are available, including Classic mode which projects circular information displays, a full map mode which projects the navigation system across the whole screen, and a Pure mode that only displays the most essential information.

And we can touch it in up to five different places.

Porsche Australia has confirmed the Taycan will be offered locally. Judging by the cleaner interface compared to current Porsches, it looks like both displays will utilise an operating system that's distinct and smarter. Flanking the instrument cluster are surface buttons for lights, ride height, suspension stiffness, and traction control modes.

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The basic variant of the vehicle will have three screens: A 16.8-inch curved screen with the instrument cluster, a 10.9-inch infotainment display in the middle, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback in the centre console. If you look closer, the three-tile display layout on the passenger display looks similar to BMW's iDrive OS. The automaker has replaced the glass panel with a touchscreen that controls the climate controls and touchpad that features haptic feedback. It also shows battery levels while the car's parked or plugged in. Equipped with handwriting recognition software, this is a nice alternative to fiddly touchpads and mouse-like controllers. It also displays the climate control settings. On one hand, having the ability to adjust the electric shutters independently is great and all, but what's wrong with doing the darn thing manually? If the optional four-zone automatic climate control system ("Advanced Climate Control") has been ordered, an additional 5.9-inch touch control panel with haptic feedback allows the system to be operated from the rear seats.

Aside from the digitally intensive cabin, Porsche also offers a host of interior upholstery options. Interior colors come in Black-Lime Beige, Blackberry, Atacama Beige and Meranti Brown options. The doors and center consoles can be adorned with fabric, wood, embossed aluminum, or matte carbon fiber trim. The Taycan gets some design cues from the Panamera and the carmaker claims that it will slot between the Cayenne and the Panamera. Its range is also expected to be around the 500km mark. Earlier this week, the company said the Taycan will be the first vehicle with a built-in Apple Music app, and will come with three years of free data and a six month subscription to Apple Music. Sales will commence from December 2019 onwards, with 20,000 units being produced for the initial year and more body styles like wagon/crossover coming in later on.

The upcoming 2020 Porsche Taycan is set to be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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