Audi reveals new TT interior at CES
At the International CES 2014 Show Audi has revealed a redesigned interior for the TT, set to be launched on the market in the course of the year.
The new TT cockpit features a driver focused display called Audi virtual cockpit: a fully digital instrument cluster that displays all the information directly in front of the driver, with no needs for a central MMI monitor.
This solution gave the designers the freedom to slim down the instrument panel architecture so that it visually conveys the Audi lightweight construction principle.
From above, the instrument panel resembles an airplane wing; set low and with a turbine look about them, the round air nozzles, a classic TT feature, are reminiscent of jet engines.
The controls for the air conditioning are also housed in the vents – the adjustment functions for seat heating, and for the temperature, direction and strength of the flow of air are located in their axes, with small displays indicating the chosen setting.
Located beneath the central air nozzles, the switches for the hazard warning light and the secondary functions are centrally positioned and easily accessible.
The 12.3-inch TFT monitor uses brilliant graphics with a 3D impression and highly-detailed effects.
Drivers can switch between two display modes. In the classic view, the speedometer and rev counter are in the foreground, while in “infotainment” mode, the virtual instruments are smaller.
The space that is then created offers ample display space for functions such as the navigation map.
All elements of the new Audi TT operating concept are focused on the driver. The compact sports car’s new multifunction steering wheel features a flat-bottomed rim, with aluminum-look clips framing its spokes.
The buttons and controls on the spokes allow you to control almost all functions, including the ultra-modern infotainment system. The menu is structured to reflect that of a smartphone and includes a full-text search function (MMI search) – all the main functions are just a few clicks away.
The MMI terminal on the center tunnel console, the second control unit alongside the steering wheel, has also been exhaustively redeveloped.
Thanks to the MMI touch, the driver can scroll and zoom in lists and on maps. And accessing other options has been simplified; in future this will be possible using just two rather than four buttons in the area surrounding the rotary pushbutton.
New features include the S sport seats with their significantly curved side bolsters, the integrated headrests and the low seating position typical of a sports car.
The slender character of the seats is emphasized by bezels on the flanks of the backrest and a cover on the back; the backrest is adjusted using a loop. The side bolsters of the S sport seats can be adjusted pneumatically.
The center tunnel console, that supports the lower leg when driving fast through a bend, and the door panels boast flowing mutually-reinforcing contours. All the details highlight Audi’s attention to quality – from the design of the gear knob and the precise functioning of the rotary pushbutton to the Audi virtual cockpit.