For its latest Passat Variant model, Volkswagen has introduced a variety of new digital instruments and a new-generation infotainment system to provide users with what the OEM calls an “intuitively operated cockpit landscape”.
The MQB evo is the very latest evolutionary stage of the company’s modular transverse matrix platform, consisting of advanced technology modules that are integrated with one another to develop the new Passat Variant’s (and other models’) interiors and infotainment architectures.
During development, Volkswagen exploited the potential of the MQB platform to ensure it delivered synergies for the entire brand. This resulted in cost reductions and technologies which could be used between product lines, and as a result, the MQB evo has been “intentionally equipped” with interfaces to other matrix platforms. One such example of this is the fourth-generation modular infotainment matrix – the MIB4 – which shares graphic design elements, menu structures and operating controls with the latest ID.4, ID.5 and ID.702 MEB platform models.
The digital center of the latest MIB4 is a touch display infotainment system, modernized with an entirely redesigned graphic interface, structure and menu navigation for ease of use and a range of customization options to suit different user requirements.
Volkswagen’s display is now divided into two touch bars at the top and bottom of the screen, in addition to the home screen. The driver can now assign favorite direct access functions to large areas of the top bar and home screen. The individually configured top bar and static bottom bar are always displayed, even when the user opens various functions – such as apps – on the home screen. Volkswagen digital Furthermore, backlit touch sliders under the infotainment system display are used to adjust temperature and volume.
The digital instruments found within the latest MQB models have a display diagonal of 260mm, making them larger than the Digital Cockpit used in previous models. The graphic interface has also been newly developed, with more functions added. Using buttons on the multifunction steering wheel, the driver can select from four different graphic configurations, consisting of Classic, Progressive, Navigation and R-Line – each delivering different views and functions.
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