When automakers preview the future design direction of their vehicles, we usually see the car’s exterior. More often than not, it comes in the form of a very flashy concept vehicle. Honda, however, has decided to do things a bit differently. Rather than the exterior, the company has applied its latest design philosophy to the vehicle’s interior.
It's called the “Simplicity and something” concept. The new interior design language of Honda keeps the cabin of the vehicle simple and reduces the complex layout some new vehicles have, as its name implies. At the same time, the new approach takes into account maximizing cabin space and minimizing space used by mechanical components.
“Simplicity in design requires not only a strong philosophy but a discipline toward the user experience. We've heard from designers working for other brands who say they were inspired by the simple, human-centered design of old Hondas. Well, so are we!” said Johnathan Norman, Creative Lead for Honda Interior Design in the U.S.
Despite focusing on maximizing space and simplicity, Honda did not make it too simple that it becomes boring. Instead, there’s still a little “something” that is meant to invoke a positive emotional response from occupants. These can be found through design details or via the use of various materials.
Honda has given a preview of what the future interior of their vehicles looks like, and there are some aspects from the current design that won’t change. Specifically, these are the thin pillars, low cowl design, and large greenhouse. As a result, the cabin of upcoming Honda models will continue to have a roomy feel and offer excellent visibility all around.
As nice as the new interior is, Honda did not say whether the one in the sketch will go into a production model. However, the influence of the new design philosophy can already be seen in two of Honda’s upcoming models – the 2022 Civic and the 2021 HR-V. Both vehicles feature a simple dashboard with a floating infotainment system front and center, simple knobs, and full-width air vents. Yes, they’re different from the concept, but the influences can be seen clearly. And soon, more models will adopt the same design language.