New “Porsche Driver Experience” in the Panamera revealed
Is this a dashboard, cockpit, or both?
The control concept that Porsche uses in the new Panamera is innovative and intuitive: the Porsche Driver Experience puts the driver at the center and creates the perfect balance between analog and digital elements. The sports car among luxury saloons is characterized by a particularly high-quality and extremely sporty interior ambiance. In the new model generation set to be unveiled to the public on 24 November 2023, the Porsche Panamera will feature the driver-centered Porsche Driver Experience control concept that was first introduced in the Taycan. It offers a fully digital display, a wide range of customization options, and intuitive operation. A key feature of the concept is the grouping of the control elements relevant for driving near the steering wheel. All elementary functions are, therefore, quick and intuitive for the driver to access. This simplifies the operation of the new Panamera in all driving situations, especially during dynamic driving.
As intuitive as elegant
The focus on the driver’s axis manifests itself in numerous details. For example, Porsche places the toggle switch for navigating through the options provided by the instrument cluster and the mode switch for selecting the driving programs directly on the steering wheel. The gear selector lever is located directly next to it. This decision opens up space on the center console for an elegant climate control panel that combines touch surfaces and physical switches into a solution that is as intuitive as it is elegant. New, completely finless, and electrically adjustable air vents are installed in the center console. It is possible to switch between several pre-configured and personalized climate control modes at the press of a button. In addition, the storage bin in the center console offers more space than before.
The digital, free-standing instrument cluster emphasizes the driver’s axis. The 12.6-inch display is characterized by a curved and free-standing design. Porsche clearly structures the driving information displayed on it into three areas, for which different configurations are possible depending on the equipment and the selected view. The additional, optional head-up display can be operated directly from the sports steering wheel.
High-quality and sporty ambiance
A clear design and luxurious materials create a high-quality and sporty ambiance in the interior of the new Panamera. The new decor concept makes an impression with its formal continuity, extending from the center console to the control panel and into the doors of the new Panamera. Together with the steep rise of the center console, it is one of the defining features of the Panamera cockpit. For the first time, Porsche equips the model with continuous ambient lighting along the entire panel, emphasizing the breadth of the vehicle. All Panamera models are now even more comfortable than before thanks to improved seat foam materials, which increase comfort with enhanced elasticity. The executive models of the Panamera also feature a newly contoured rear seat system, which offers an optimized seating position. This ensures rear passengers arrive even more relaxed after long drives.
Porsche has based the color and material options in the new Panamera on particularly fine materials and a wide selection of bi-color designs. Matching decor and accent options further refine the ambiance. Some of them are offered by the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. For the first time, Porsche is also offering leather-free equipment in the Panamera, which combines particularly sporty materials such as Race-Tex and Pepita fabric with each other.