Spring 2021


Spring has brought with it several concise and confident production car interiors from the likes of Kia and Lincoln. Interior Motives highlights the most significant of the new crop of car launches 

Lincoln Nautilus

Previously the MKX, Lincoln’s Nautius was subject to a name change and exterior redesign back in 2019. The company has now overhauled the interior, making it far more modern and edgy. A huge 13.2-inch wide-aspect-ratio screen stands bolt upright on a chunky ledge of soft fabric and detailed stitching that extends out from the dash and also houses the air vents. A floating centre console is finished in the same wooden grain effect that is featured on an upper section of the dash. The range-topping Black Label trim includes an interior theme called “Chalet”, which features light-coloured “alpine” leather with perforations in the seats that echo the shape of the Lincoln emblem.

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Kia Carnival

The Carnival replaces the outgoing Sedona in Kia’s MPV line-up, and draws on a modern design direction with clear inspiration from the Telluride, Sorento and Seltos. An 8-inch touchscreen is attached to the driver instrument cluster within the same large unit, alleviating the need for buttons and switches, although there are still quite a few on the centre console. There is also a distinct focus on comfort through high quality materials, but as it is an MPV designed for families, space and layout flexibility are key. Three rows of seats that can comfortably carry eight passengers thanks to a bunch of best-in-class claims for room, and seats can be reclined, folded up and taken out.

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Hyundai Bayon

The design teams at Hyundai have been nothing if not busy. Following hot on the heels of the Ioniq 5 EV is the Bayon – an entry level vehicle designed for the European market that adds to the OEM’s growing SUV offering. It is the seventh new or enhanced model in the last year. The inside looks bright and roomy with an emphasis on passenger and boot space. The defining feature is a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and the mood is set by ambient LED technology integrated into front passenger foot areas, door wells, and front door pull handle areas and the storage space below the centre console. The colour and materials team has played it safe, sticking to neutral tones and subtle accents: greys and blacks. Safari green is as adventurous it gets.

Skoda Kushaq

Made in India for the Indian market, the new Skoda Kushaq is a small SUV based on the Vision IN concept car that company unveiled in 2020. The layered dash includes a textured metal-effect area, clean strips of chrome, speckled plastic and a 7- or 10-inch touchscreen (depending on the trim). Door handles are also finished in chrome and housed in the speckled plastic. There is even a small well on the top of the dash in which drivers can place their “lucky talisman” – a consideration specially made for the Indian customer.