Ahead of the launch of a new Cayenne on 18 April at Auto Shanghai, Porsche has unveiled the new cockpit with the most important controls grouped around the steering wheel.

There is a digital instrument cluster in a curved and free standing design with variable display options, a redesigned centre console and a new steering wheel.

The automatic gear selector is now located to the side of the steering wheel. This makes room on the centre console for the controls for the air conditioning to be presented in a black panel. A passenger side display is optional.

The instrument cluster is a fully digital, free-standing, 12.6-inch curved display that does not require a hood cover. Depending on equipment level, the driver can choose up to seven views on the cluster.

The rev counter, online navigation, Night Vision Assist or 3D driving assistance system can all be selected to be in the foreground. A greatly reduced display presentation and a classic mode are also available.

All driving controls are grouped directly around the steering wheel with a new engine start button left and gear selector right (LHD cars), between the instrument cluster and the central display. This makes room on the centre console for a new, large air conditioning control panel with analogue controls and also more storage space. The redesigned control lever for the driver assistance systems is now on the steering wheel.

A new multi-function sports steering wheel originates from the 911 and the driving mode switch is now standard, positioned directly on the wheel. A new toggle button for selecting functions and dial presentations in the instrument cluster is also on the wheel as are controls for the optional head-up display.

For the HVAC, high quality touch recognition is paired with haptic feedback using mechanical air conditioning switches as well as a physical volume controller.

The high-resolution 12.3-inch central display can control numerous driving and comfort functions as well as the standard online navigation and multimedia.

The optional integrated 10.9-inch passenger display allows the front passenger to assist the driver by operating the navigation or selecting a media service. Special foil ensures the display cannot be seen from the driver’s seat so videos can be streamed without distraction.

The entire instrument panel, centre console and upper part of the inside of the door have been completely redesigned. For the first time, Porsche has designed all the air outlets in the cockpit without louvres.

A cooled smartphone storage area with inductive charging is standard. Cooling allows optimised charging power of up to 15 watts.

Extended integration of online services provides new ways of interaction, such as using the Siri voice assistant to operate vehicle functions.

Also new are two USB-C ports in the front storage compartment and another two USB-C ports in the rear area of the centre console. All provide fast charging and the front plugs also connect the smartphone to Porsche Communication Management (PCM). To pair a smartphone, a user scans a QR code displayed in the PCM. Numerous connectivity functions are then available, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as integrated apps such as Spotify and Apple Music.

With the new In-Car Video function, videos can be watched directly in the PCM via the streaming provider Screenhits TV both in the central display when the vehicle is stationary and on the passenger display while driving.