Ricky Hudi, the head of Audi’s electronics department has stated that the virtual cockpit option currently available on the expensive cars like TT R8 and the latest Q7 would come along with smaller cars from Audi from next year onwards.
“In the future, there are not so many [of our] cars that will not have it integrated, even into the smaller cars. Next year in the A3, we will also integrate the Virtual Cockpit,” Hudi said. “If they choose a higher engine or a higher, well-equipped car then they will choose it – no doubt. The price reduces very fast with more people using it and the Virtual Cockpit is an Audi signature now.”
The virtual cockpit might be available on the most expensive A3 and be offered as an optional extra. Virtual Cockpit is Audi’s new brand name for a completely digital reinterpretation of the instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch TFT screen. There will be two modes: in the standard mode, an average-sized tachometer and speedometer flank a smaller infotainment portion in the center. Infotainment mode, meanwhile, shrinks the gauges to discreet circles and allows the navigation map, audio controls, or whichever system is being operated by the driver, to fill the remaining screen real estate.