AUTO: #CES2014 Audi reveals next-gen TT Interior!!
Audi has taken the somewhat unusual step of unveiling much of the interior of its upcoming TT Coupe at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That’s unusual, because they haven’t shown us the car yet. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised – with the proliferation of technology in automobiles these days, it’s probably time we start considering them as much electronic devices as transportation devices.
While Audi has long been recognized as a leader in interior design, this new TT features an instrument cluster that is wildly different from what we’ve become accustomed to from the Four-Ring brand. Audi is calling its fully digital system a “virtual cockpit,” and with its 12.3-inch LCD screen situated directly in front of the driver, it does away with the company’s traditional Multi-Media Interface (MMI) display in the center stack. Two modes are offered, one classic option with large gauges and another more oriented to infotainment.
Besides electronics, the actual hard parts of the interior also show plenty of new thinking. With the removal of the central screen, Audi has been able to streamline its instrument panel to resemble a wing of sorts, with jet-like HVAC vents that house their own controls. Two more points for controls are presented to the driver, with buttons on the flat-bottom steering wheel and another set on the center tunnel.