Audi shows the interior of the new TT at the CES show in Las Vegas; features new all-digital dashboard. New TT will launch at the end of the year
Darren Moss
8 January 2014

The interior of the new Audi TT has been shown for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Audi says it has adopted new technology and designed the interior of the next-generation TT from scratch, presenting a driver-focused cabin, which no longer features a separate infotainment display in the centre of the dashboard. Instead, all infotainment displays are now found on the all-digital instrument cluster, a move which Audi says has allowed it to save weight and space in the cabin.

The digital instrument display is based on a 12.3-inch screen, with drivers able to select between a classic instrument cluster and a combined instrument and infotainment display which minimises gauges. 

Infotainment functions come courtesy of a new version of Audi's MMI system, which has been redeveloped to allow drivers to use it like a smartphone, with text search functionality as well as zoom and scroll functions accessed via the MMI touch interface.

The interior features the now familar round air nozzles, with temperature and air-conditioning controls situated at their centre rather than on a separate panel. Controls for hazard warning lights and other functions are found in the centre of the dashboard.

Audi has already started benchmarking the new TT's performance against rivals including the Peugeot RCZ, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK. The model has also been spotted testing at the Nürburgring. The new TT will be based on VW Group's MQB platform, and will be launched with both front and four-wheel-drive variants.

The new Audi TT is set to be launched at the end of 2014 as a 2015 model.

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8 January 2014
Well, it seems the prototypes that were seen testing fooled everyone with, what, appeared A3 dashboards. Nothing wrong with the A3's interior, which is superb, but thank god the TT still sports a bespoke interior.

8 January 2014
On paper the idea probably looked good but the "driver's eye view" in the second photo suggests it could be very distracting in practice, for example if when traffic reports interrupt the sat nav they appear in the middle of the display rather than on a separate audio screen. On the whole though a good effort and an awful lot of work for a "Golf in running shorts".
Interesting to note Volkswagen are benching marking the TT against dynamic mediocrity such as the BMW Z4 and the Mercedes SLK. That sums up their ambition for the TT - same old same old, keep the hair dressers and fashionistas happy.

8 January 2014
spqr wrote:

On the whole though a good effort and an awful lot of work for a "Golf in running shorts".
Interesting to note Volkswagen are benching marking the TT against dynamic mediocrity such as the BMW Z4 and the Mercedes SLK. That sums up their ambition for the TT - same old same old, keep the hair dressers and fashionistas happy.

There's only so much you can really do with a golf in running shorts, and with Audi's strong sales, the old if it ain't broke don't fix it rule no doubt applies. Mediocre handling is probably more of a poor reflection of BMW's efforts on the current Z4 than an insult to the TT, a RWD BMW sports car on an almost bespoke platform that only handles as well as a tarted up Golf.

This system should also mean it's a lot easier to customise the display for any other car by tweaking graphics, I'd guess it will even appear on the new Lambo.

8 January 2014
I'm sure quality will be fine, but in addition to the possible distraction issue, the speedo and rev counter dials look tiny. Not really impressed by the overall look of the dash on this first showing.

8 January 2014
Love the new instrument cluster and I think it'll be mainstream in a few years.
If they're clever I'm sure you be able to use it like a Windows desktop and decide where to put things and how big you want them e.g. Rev counter large in middle Speedo on right Small etc

 

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8 January 2014
Apart from that this interior is stunning, remember this is a mass market car.

The sat nav/display is very good, can't see how you can argue that it's more distracting being there than offset from your view as in current cars. All you need the majority of time when you're driving is the speedo, and the rest is an occasional look for fuel, etc. So makes sense to me.

Comments such as "it'll be mediocre to drive can wait until it arrives and has been tested surely?

8 January 2014
Air-conditioning controls integrated into the vents and a unified instrument/infotainment display - both great ideas, surprised now that those things weren't thought of before! Its just common sense and creates a nice minimalist dashboard. Kudos to Audi for being first to mass production with this. As xxxx mentioned here, I think most car manufactures will be doing something similar in the near-future.

I've read that they'll be incorporating Android functionality into their upcoming new models too, but not iOS (which is what I use) that peeves me off a bit!

Cyborg

8 January 2014
Cyborg wrote:

Air-conditioning controls integrated into the vents and a unified instrument/infotainment display - both great ideas, surprised now that those things weren't thought of before! Its just common sense and creates a nice minimalist dashboard. Kudos to Audi for being first to mass production with this.

They have been, many times, believe me..but that's exactly the kind of idea that gets culled at the cost-reduction phase. VAG have plenty o' moolah, so they're in a great position to push this through. The Renault Espace had something similar with displays for each vent but this is a simpler, cleaner version.

8 January 2014
This is one beautiful interior - better than a Boxster in fact. Bravo Audi!

8 January 2014
My co-driver (wife) is often given sat-nav/audio duties. How will she do that in the new TT with the display buried deep in front of the driver?

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