A redesigned centre console features a new rotary gearshift
dial for the eight-speed automatic transmission that frees up space and allows easier access to the wireless charging pad, while enhancing the vehicle's modern, sophisticated feel.
A shifter cable that detaches from the transmission may allow the transmission to be in a gear state different from the gearshift
position selected by the driver.
Inside, drivers can enjoy spacious seating, luxurious upholstery and aluminum pedals with a specially designed gearshift
Stowage space comprises four door bins, a glovebox, three cup holders, small containers in the doors below the openers and another small container ahead of the gearshift
If you flick the gearshift
over to manual you can often get into a higher gear much quicker and still maintain the same speed.
Talking of auto gearshifts
, the old CVT automatic gearbox has gone, replaced by a seven-speed dual clutch S-tronic unit that claims to be able to improve both performance and fuel consumption.
And if you want even better acceleration you can either slip the gearshift
into Sport mode or use the paddles behind the steering wheel.
When I glanced down at the gearshift
, I forgot how to drive.
The high-mounted slick six-speed manual gearshift
has a nice smooth action and the steering is light but positive.
Tim Padmore, of Gearshift
Theatre, has received funding from Arts Council England and Hull city council for his bicycle-powered tour.
You also get contrasting side sills and centre caps, a 'Limited Edition' badge and chrome exhaust finisher while inside the roof colour is echoed on the air vents and lower part of the gearshift
column together with coloured mats.