After launching the Porsche Vision Renndienst electric van concept in November 2020, the brand is finally releasing photos of what the model looks like inside. There is seating for six, but that’s not the seating arrangement you might expect.
The driver gets a central seating position up front and looks out through a windshield that wraps around the driver. There is a digital dashboard, but it shows five round gauges in a nod to Porsches of the past. Haptic buttons occupy both sides of the dashboard.
The driver’s seat also swivels 180 degrees, so the driver can easily communicate with the passengers.
Second row occupants each have their own chair. The seats are shifted left and right to give people a good view of the windshield. This design also creates a large area in the center for easier access to the third row.
The asymmetrical arrangement of the windows means that the person on the left can only look through a tiny shard of glass to the side. However, the occupant on the right has a large window from which he can see.
The third row is a bench. Porsche installs floating headrests so that the driver can always see through the rear window when no one is seated in the back.
“We thought about how we could still give a quintessentially Porsche touch to a cabin so far removed from the classic sports car interior. And how autonomous driving could be conceived,” said the chief designer. Michael Mauer.
Porsche does not intend to put the Vision Renndienst concept into production. It is simply an exercise in style to imagine what is possible. The company calls the model “a vision for the day after tomorrow”.
Porsche built the Vision Renndienst in 2018, but didn’t show it to the public until 2020. The unveiling was one of 15 never-before-seen designs from 2005 to 2019 that debuted in a book titled Porsche invisible.