The first thing we look at when we see a car is, of course, the exterior. It's what makes or breaks a car and, bad styling jobs would typically mean low sales.
The thing is, we spend most of the time inside them, and, if anything, interior design should be just as important. Manufacturers are coming up with different ways to jazz up a car's interior, sometimes with mixed results.
But Hyundai and LG's vision of the future might woo you. That's because it looks more like a futuristic lounge than what you'd expect from a car. That said, what LG and Hyundai did appear more like a future van interior than a car. Is this what we can expect from the next-gen Starex?
Well, not quite. According to the manufacturers, the interior concept they presented is what's possible for electric vehicles or EVs. That's because EVs have the advantage of a flat floor and, with all that space freed up by the batteries, interiors can be made more flexible and, at the same time, more spacious. So what do the two South Korean companies have in mind?
For starters, the back seats look more like lounge chairs with a center console to fit whatever luxuries Hyundai and LG have in mind. The floor is flat and ambient lighting is seen on the floor and side panels. As the side panels, there are sizable storage spaces available, and there's a (not so) secret bin under each seat.
Above the seats is a massive curved screen courtesy of LG. Flanking the screes are streaks of LED strips to enhance that futuristic vibe. Not only that, there is even a vacuum cleaning robot to keep the interior clean. The overhead LED lights can also emit UV lights for thorough disinfection.
Hyundai plans to add some of the features listed in future EV models. They even want to apply some of the tech seen in the interior concept as early as next year with the Ioniq 5 electric vehicle. Of course, what we would love to see is an ultra-luxury EV van with everything mentioned fitted.
An EV luxury Starex, perhaps? Now that would give the Toyota Alphard and Lexus LM a good scare.