Audi used this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to reveal the interior design of the upcoming 2015 Audi TT sports car. The automaker previously confirmed it will launch the new, third-generation TT later this year.
The most dramatic point of departure for the 2015 Audi TT interior is that the car lacks a central infotainment screen. Audi’s MMI interface instead displays maps, audio information, and more in the fully-digital color instrument cluster. The 12.3-inch screen has two modes: in Classic, it prominently shows a digital speedometer and tachometer, while in Infotainment mode, those gauges are smaller so the driver can more easily see a navigation map or other controls. Although there is a large rotary controller on the center console, Audi says that the MMI’s functions can all also be manipulated from the buttons on the flat-bottom steering wheel.
Because it lacks a screen, the center stack of the 2015 Audi TT can be thinner, and Audi has taken advantage of the cleaner design to integrate the climate control buttons into the circular, turbine-inspired air vents. Buttons at the center of the vents allow the driver and passenger to change the temperature and strength of the air flow, with small displays in the vents showing the selected mode or temperature. A small row of buttons below the trio of center-stack air vents controls secondary functions like the hazard lights and parking sensors.
“With the new Audi TT, the driver will be able to experience the technology to an even greater extent — just as would be expected from a genuine sports car,” Audi board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg said in a statement.
Other details for the cabin of the 2015 Audi TT include chrome trim for the center console, and new sport seats with prominent bolsters.
The 2015 Audi TT will launch later this year upon the same “MQB” flexible chassis that was used for the new Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf/GTI. Based on earlier spy photos, we expect the new sports car will be longer, lower, and wider than before. Engines choices will reportedly comprise turbocharged four-cylinder engines, as well as a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five that could produce as much as 380 hp.
Expect more details between now and the official debut of the 2015 Audi TT.