The new dashboard takes its inspiration from the Taycan.
The gearshift lever is now close to the steering wheel.
The main functions are all regrouped on the steering wheel.
Following the recent unveiling of a new E-Hybrid variant of its popular Cayenne, the Stuttgart-based automaker is set to completely overhaul its range of full-size cars, also known as the Panamera. Although the full presentation is not scheduled until November 24, the brand’s top management has nevertheless revealed a few highlights about the new Panamera’s interior.
In this respect, the next evolution of the model promises to be easier to live with, thanks to the grouping of the main day-to-day functions on or near the sporty steering wheel. In fact, the new dashboard is strongly inspired by the one first seen in the electric Taycan. That’s why the gearshift lever is now located to the right of the information screen, set slightly back from the rest of the dashboard, which is mainly made up of screens.
If you’re familiar with the brand, you’ll already recognize the ventilation hatches above the dashboard, as well as the ventilation nozzles under the central touchscreen and at the ends of the dashboard, but the biggest change to the space reserved for front-seat passengers is in between. In fact, this raised center console must no longer accommodate the traditional gearshift lever, while a handful of ventilation controls remain there. This makes the center console more inviting for passengers’ elbows or even their beverages.
The 12.6-inch-wide digital information display is curved for ease of use, and there’s even an optional head-up display, the system of which can also be controlled directly from the steering wheel.
The other two screens are fully customizable, depending on the user’s mood. The tactile experience continues behind with another screen that allows rear-seat passengers to choose the on-board ambience, including lighting that extends into the door panels.
What’s more, Porsche also promises more generous upholstery for the rear seats, while the Executive versions (with extended wheelbase) go even further by offering more bolstered seats so that passengers arrive at their destination more relaxed. And, as has been the trend over the past few seasons, the Panamera will even be offered with a choice of “leather-free” textures, such as this blend of Race-Tex and Pepita fabric.
What’s certain is that this Panamera – will it be the last in the line? – will enhance the customer experience to a level never seen before. Let’s just hope that the brand’s own driving experience remains untouched.