Ready for your Porsche minivan? Check out the Renndienst's cabin

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Last year, Porsche revealed the Renndienst — a concept car that envisions a futuristic electric minivan. It’s part of the “Porsche Unseen” collection and  is probably the most unconventional of the German automaker’s design studies.

In a recent press release, Porsche gave the public a glimpse of the Renndienst’s interior.

“We thought about how we could still give a distinctly Porsche flair to a passenger compartment that is so far removed from the classic sports car interior, and how autonomous driving could be designed,” said Porsche Chief Designer Michael Mauer.

The interior of the Renndienst features seating for six.

The driver’s seat is centrally positioned and enjoys a clear view of the road ahead thanks to the Renndienst’s curved windshield. The swiveling chair also allows the driver to easily access the digital instrument panels placed on both sides of the visionary dashboard.

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“When I want to drive, I have more cockpit feeling than in any other car. And when I don’t, the driver’s seat can be rotated 180 degrees — with one swivel, it turns to face the other passengers,” Maurer explained.

On the other hand, the Renndienst’s second-row seats give the occupants their own chair. The two seats are set apart to allow easy access to the third row which can accommodate three passengers.

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The seats in this van have been designed for movement. They hold and support the body,” says Porsche Head of Interior Design Markus Auerbach as he points from the sports seat in the second row to the back bench seat, which resembles a lounge.

“The bench seat allows a different sitting angle due to its curved sides. We can turn towards each other. It is a particularly communicative area that invites relaxation, offering alternative seating positions for talking, working, and relaxing,” Auerbach added.

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“In the past, we used to type our destination into the navigation system before a journey. Today, we prepare the route on our smartphones while sitting on the sofa, and then send it to the car,” said Porsche’s Director of User Experience Design (UX), Ivo van Hulten.

“What kind of daily interactions do we plan — in 30 years, will we call our car, and then it will come around and pick us up?” asked the UX director as he refers to the Renndienst study.

Porsche sees the electric minivan as a “grand vision of the day after tomorrow,” a vehicle that can answer the motoring needs we never knew we had.

Photos from Porsche

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