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All-Electric Porsche Taycan Teases Interior Ahead of Official Launch

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The 2020 Porsche Taycan will make its official debut during the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the luxury carmaker already gave us a glimpse of its stunning interior.

The Taycan will be the brand’s first all-electric vehicle when it goes on sale in 2020. It will compete directly with the Tesla Model S. In this series of images, the German automaker gave us a glimpse of its elegant and much-talked-about interior, which the dashboard dominates.

This will be the first vehicle—even among its luxury-car contemporaries—to have a fully integrated Apple Music into its infotainment system. Because of this, its infotainment system will host a range of features and functions never before seen on other vehicles. The car’s voice control function was reconfigured to allow drivers to search for songs, albums, and playlists on their Apple Music accounts. Think Siri, but now you’re using Porsche’s technology.

All Taycans will have a free six-month subscription to Apple Music and also a complimentary three-year roaming internet connection. Buyers will get access to Apple Music playlists that are specially curated by Porsche for Taycan owners. To get more of this music experience, the Taycan is fitted with high-quality Burmester surround sound system as an option.

Earlier prototypes showed the Taycan will have a freestanding digital instrument display and a large infotainment screen, which is similar to the 10.1-inch display used on Audi cars. The same features should be found on the production-ready version of the car. Once Porsche decides to release a less restrictive set of images, we can expect to find a small toggle-style gear selector and a second touchscreen display for the center console. This will likely be used for the climate control system.

Although Porsche hasn’t given the exact specifications of the Taycan, the range-topping electric variants should come with two electric motors that will produce over 600 horsepower. Its lithium-ion battery aims to give 310 miles on a single charge.

Infiniti QX55 Will Take A Shot At X4, GLC Coupe

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Infiniti announced that it has a new vehicle in its lineup and that it will hopefully give the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe a run for their money. Called the Infiniti QX55, this is a coupe variant of the recently released QX50.

The SUV coupe is one of the fastest-growing segments in the auto industry, so it seems like Infiniti is trying to get a chunk of that market.

It was in 2017 the last time Infiniti had a coupe-like crossover. That’s the final year of the QX70, which was formerly named Infiniti FX. First introduced in 2003, the Infiniti FX used to be a rear-drive-based five-seat luxury crossover that uses the same platform in vehicles such as the Infiniti Q50, Q60, and the Nissan 370Z.

The first-generation Infiniti FX came with a 3.5-liter V-6 unit in the FX35 variant or a 4.5-liter V-8 in the FX45. Both variants send the power to a five-speed automatic transmission.

The QX70, which was the second-generation FX, had under its hood the more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. The latter replaced the 4.5-liter unit. For the 2014 model year, a 3.7-liter engine replaced the 3.5-liter unit. This was also around the time when the FX was renamed to QX70.

A teaser for the QX55 shows that the new Infiniti coupe will have a fastback roofline instead of the conventional hatch we see on the FX/QX70. It may be heavily influenced by sedans when it comes to its silhouette and the greenhouse appears to be narrow on the teaser, too.

The company failed to say when it expects the QX55 to make its debut. Maybe we can see it during the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It will go on sale next year’s summer. Infiniti has yet to release the pricing details, but this should be pricier than the QX50.

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