Summer 2021

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A selection of production-ready SUVs and electric vehicles feature in this section of Interior Motives. Key themes such as sustainability and functionality are present throughout, and curvaceous screens show no signs of going away with yet more models set to incorporate the technology

Kia Sportage

Kia’s best-selling SUV has previously been a safe bet in terms of design and appearance with its reserved form and unobtrusive character. But this latest iteration brings with it a little more grit. The interior finish is very close to the one shown in Kia’s recently unveiled EV6, complete with a distinctly modern character. A curved display unit houses both the touchscreen and driver instrument cluster display. It is flanked either side by L-shaped air vents, both of which push out all the way to the doors. Another digital display, small and narrow, is positioned under the touchscreen and central air vents. It shows climate control information and is complete with two small rotary knobs on either side. Various dials and buttons are placed on the centre console for practical use, which is finished in a glossy black surface. Leather clads most of the dash, apart from a narrow composite section in the middle that continues on the doors.

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Lexus NX

Introducing the next generation of the company’s design language, the new Lexus NX will be available in both hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variants. It is the first production model to fully incorporate the company’s Tazuna Concept, which focuses on driver connectivity (it was initially explored in the LF-30 concept car in a far more futuristic sense). It’s immediately clear that there is a distinct lack of buttons for a Lexus, and not an analogue clock in sight. Instead, the curvy centre console layout snakes up to meet a large touchscreen and climate control unit. It is angled towards the drive, and also joins with the smaller digital display behind the steering wheel. Above this is a heads-up display unit. Leather, wood veneers and glossy black surfaces are used to achieve a luxurious feel. Customers will be able to choose from a variety of finishes, including “Black & Rich Cream”, while 64 different ambient lighting options are available.

Building the concept

Ford Maverick

Ford’s new small pick-up truck looks relatively tame on the outside but has a busy interior. Square and rectangular shapes are consistently used throughout, such as for the touchscreen, air vents, dash sections and door panels. This style is reminiscent of the GMC Hummer EV, but the Maverick is nowhere near as boisterous. Most of the components are designed for practical use rather than aesthetics, such as the cupholders and storage pockets. However, some detailing in the way of orange colour accents and the diamond-shaped pattern on the doors.

Cupra Born

The first 100% electric production car from Cupra has been unveiled, complete with an apt name. Aggressive lines and shapes make the exterior in-keeping with the rest of the company’s portfolio, while the inside is characterised by a textured metallic section running through the centre of the dashboard as well as the typical Cupra copper accents around the air vents and on the centre console. The steering wheel is the same as the one inside the Ateca and Formentor, with the bubbled middle ball and the Cupra logo at its centre. Sustainability was a key focus when selecting components for the interior. As a result, the central section of the bucket seats uses Seaqual Yarn – a material produced from waste plastics floating in the sea. Dinamica is also used on the seats as well as on the door panels, which is made from PET plastic bottles.