Porsche is all set to unveil (what is believed to be) the 4th-gen Cayenne on April 18th at the Auto Shanghai show in China, but the company appears to have been influenced by its old friend Mercedes—which shows off the interior before revealing the vehicle itself. The photos shared by Porsche focus mainly on the new dashboard and centre console, which contain displays and HMI interactions, which Porsche collectively calls a new “Porsche Driver Experience”, kinda similar to what Mercedes did with the MBUX over 5 years ago in the 4th-gen A-Class.
As you can see, the dashboard houses three displays: a 12.6-inch curved display for the driver, a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, and of course, a 10.9-inch passenger display—which is gonna be an optional extra. For all the curious souls out there, that passenger display costs an extra £725 in the Taycan. The passenger display comes with a special foil to avoid distracting the driver. Online navigation comes standard.
But what I really like about the new Cayenne’s interior are those physical controls in the centre console for climate and seat-related settings. Since they’re physical controls and on the centre console, they should offer the driver a great and easy User Xperience. Those touch panels in the centre console offer haptic feedback, and then you can toggle or set the volume via the knob.
And, the new steering wheel has been borrowed from the 911 lineup, of course. The steering contains a toggle (standard) for selecting Normal, Offroad, Sport and Sport Plus modes. The controls for controlling the instrument cluster are also located directly on the steering wheel, as are the controls for the optional head-up display. And, notice that the RND/M selector has been moved next to the instrument cluster.
A cooled smartphone storage area with an inductive charging function (up to 15-watts) comes as standard, as are two USB-C ports in the front storage compartment and another two USB-C ports in the rear area of the centre console.