LAS VEGAS -- Audi's next TT will feature the automaker's so-called "virtual cockpit," highlighted by a digital instrument panel that displays information in front of the driver, eliminating the need for a multimedia monitor in the center console.
Audi previewed the interior planned for the third-generation of the TT at International CES, the consumer electronic show here. The redesigned TT will be unveiled in March at the Geneva auto show and go on sale this year. The redesign will feature a streamlined interior with a reconfigurable 12.3-inch screen that displays the car's navigation and infotainment data.
"The first Audi TT was the design icon, the second generation was even sportier, and with the new TT the driver will be able to experience the technology to an even greater extent," said Audi r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg.
The driver can choose from two displays: a classic view with the speedometer and rpm gauge in the foreground, or an infotainment mode in which navigation data take over most of the screen and the car's virtual instrument readings are made smaller.
Audi said the approach allowed designers to slim down the instrument panel and reduce the number of commands housed in the central console. For instance, the controls for the air conditioning system were moved into the central vents.
The coupe will be the first variant of the redesigned TT model line to debut. A roadster version is expected to arrive before year end, followed in 2015 by a three-door wagon.
-- Luca Ciferri