The 2015 Audi TT is set to make its market debut later this year, and ahead of that, Ingolstadt has revealed the new two-door sports car’s interior, previewing it at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Mk3’s interior has been redesigned from the ground up, with an Audi virtual cockpit leading the way – the fully digital instrument cluster, equipped with a 12.3-inch TFT monitor, displays all the information directly in front of the driver, so there’s no longer a need for a central display.
Drivers can switch between two display modes – a ‘classic’ view, where the speedometer and rev counter are in the foreground, and an ‘infotainment’ mode, where the virtual instruments are made smaller, offering display space for functions such as the navigation map.
Seen from above, the instrument panel resembles an airplane wing, and the round air nozzles are reminiscent of jet engines. The AC controls are housed in the vents, with adjustment functions for seat heating, temperature, direction and strength of air flow located in their axes, the settings indicated by small displays.
All elements of the new car’s operating concept, the automaker says, are focused on the driver. A new multi-function steering wheel features a flat-bottomed rim, with aluminium-look clips framing its spokes, with the mounted switchgear offering control over almost all functions, including the ultra-modern infotainment system.
The menu, meanwhile, is structured to reflect that of a smartphone, and includes a full-text search function, or MMI search. The MMI terminal located on the centre tunnel console, the second control unit alongside the steering wheel, has also been redeveloped – MMI touch means the driver can scroll and zoom in on lists and maps, and simplified access sees the use of just two rather than four button-operation in the area surrounding the rotary pushbutton.
New too are the S sport seats, with significantly curved side bolsters that can be adjusted pneumatically, and the redesign work also sees a centre tunnel console that offers support for the lower leg during spirited driving.
The third-gen TT, which will sit on the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform, promises to be lighter and more dynamic than before, be it in front-wheel drive or quattro form – in terms of engines, a 180 hp 1.8 litre TFSI should form the baseline model, followed by 2.0 litre TFSI and TDI variants, which will offer 220 hp and 150 hp respectively.