Its gestation has been extensive, but then Porsche isn’t half-baking its first EV – the proof of which is in its all-new interior
Porsche’s first foray into electric cars is about to come to a front, with the manufacturer almost ready to reveal a look at its battery electric vehicle future. First previewed as the Mission E concept, nearly four years later Porsche’s production Taycan is on the verge of being revealed – to a market more receptive than ever to the notion of a premium electric car.
The first element of the Taycan that has been revealed in full is its bespoke interior. While undeniably Porsche, it’s a design that places more stock in its digital interface than any Porsche before.
But the Taycan not only has its sights set on the industry’s disruptor in the form of the Tesla Model S, but also the luxury car market as a whole, as improvements to infrastructure and greater awareness pull electric cars ever closer to the mainstream. It’ll also eventually spawn derivatives including a Sport Turismo estate and sister model Audi e-tron GT off its bespoke EV platform.
The sedan won’t be the only fully electric offering from Porsche, with the next Macan controversially going electric to rival Audi’s e-tron, Mercedes’ EQC, Tesla’s Model X and Jaguar’s iPace in 2022.
While the Taycan diverges from the Porsche norm in many aspects, the interior has been kept closer to the heartland, as it immediately identifies as a Porsche product.
If there is one crucial element that is missing, it’s the centrally mounted analogue tachometer, but without revs to count (in a traditional sense) Porsche has instead recreated the five rings digitally on a curved, free-standing 16.8-inch glass display. It’s an expensive-looking element that is just the first of multiple digital interfaces.
Next up is the same 10.9-inch infotainment display as found in the recent 911, but with new software to match the Taycan’s BEV capabilities. There is also an optional second 10.9-inch display that sits to the right of the central unit, which will act as a secondary display when the car detects someone is sat in the passenger seat. That screen will otherwise be dimmed, or just display the Taycan logo.
Finally, Porsche’s classic technique of filling the centre console with controls, physical or otherwise, has now been replaced with a third (or fourth if the passenger display is selected) 8.4-inch haptic screen which is mounted in a portrait layout. Rather than show information, this one instead acts as an input device, with static HVAC controls and an active pad below allowing drivers to swipe, prod or type commands into the main 10.9-inch system.
Other than the new digital interfaces, the Taycan’s interior is pure Porsche, with a horizontal dash layout, small and perfectly formed steering wheel and an overall combination of superb build quality and material choice. It’s not as glamorous or ornate as a Panamera, perhaps, but this new wave of minimalism says a lot about Porsche’s future aesthetic.