2015 Porsche Macan: Here's The Future of Gauge-Integrated Displays
April 20, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S, like Porsches in general, provides a glimpse at what we can expect from future tech interfaces. No, not a Boeing cockpit worth of center console buttons, but rather a configurable color display within the gauges than can do and show much of what the central touchscreen can.
Such color display screens are increasingly common these days, especially in luxury cars. However, Porsche's is rather subtle by comparison. Jaguar-Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and even Kia, for example, have replaced some analog gauge clusters with a large screen that, in most cases, mimics traditional gauges. Audi's new TT not only has one giant screen where its gauges should be, but it's also the only screen. There isn't one in the center of the dash.
I like Porsche's approach. There's still an area to view navigation, entertainment and other information easily, but you also get good old-fashioned gauges that are more legible (and perhaps forever will be) than an LCD or TFT screen, especially in direct sunlight. That the Porsche display fits neatly within a circular instrument binnacle is a nice aesthetic choice that blends better than a typical color trip computer display placed between the speedo and tach.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor