Volvo, a firm identified for making vehicles with consumer-pleasant interiors, will be performing away with buttons and knobs in favor of touchscreen controls in the long term.
Its Notion Estate, to be unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show, displays what the next generation of Volvo interiors will appear like. At the center of the new design, which represents a radical departure for the conservative Swedish automaker, is a big, tablet-like touchscreen.
It replaces all controls except people Volvo considers essential: volume, perform/pause, window heaters and hazard lights. Every single of these functions has a dedicated button or knob found along the bottom of the touchscreen.
“Not having to deal with buttons and controls for a increasing number of functionalities is like being freed from a pair of handcuffs,” stated Robin Page, interior layout director for Volvo Car Group in a press release announcing the Notion Estate. “This has manufactured it feasible to develop a stunning interior architecture around the portrait screen.”
Almost each and every luxury automaker now makes use of big screens with menus to manage most functions. But attempts to pare down interior controls have been met with varied success.
BMW was arguably the initial to do so in the early 2000s with its controversial iDrive method. It has because gone by means of quite a few revisions to add back difficult buttons and knobs.
Ford has retrenched as properly, recently announcing that it will reintroduce some focused controls to its Sync with MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch in response to complaints from buyers in excess of difficulties using the touchscreen programs.
Cadillac is 1 of the latest to join the fray with its CUE launched on the ATS and XTS sedans, which have been all-new for the 2013 model 12 months. It also has been receiving mixed evaluations.
One issue is for certain, although: The interior design and style of the Volvo Idea Estate is aesthetically pleasing, with the truly feel of a Scandinavian residing area. The dashboard, instrument cluster and 2-spoke steering wheel are reminiscent of the Volvo P1800S from the early 1970s.
The exterior of the Notion Estate also pays homage to that beloved traditional, particularly at the rear.
Other style cues, such as the t-shaped daytime running lights and front bumper with huge inlets and “floating” grille, carry over from the Notion XC Coupe shown at the North American International Auto Demonstrate in January, and the Concept Coupe, unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Demonstrate.
The 2014 Geneva Motor Demonstrate is open to the public from March 6 to sixteen, following 2 press days.
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