Honda is announcing its new design direction for its car interiors. Dubbed as “Simplicity and Something”, this strange name for an interior design theme aims to make modern Hondas as human-centric as possible.
With this new design language, which will supposedly debut in the upcoming 2022 Honda Civic, the Japanese automaker is aiming to make their vehicle’s interiors free of any visual clutter. To achieve this, Honda will focus on thin window pillars, a low cowl, and a large greenhouse for excellent visibility, enabling the driver and occupants to see the road and the environment around them.
“Simplicity in design requires not only a strong philosophy but a discipline toward the user experience,” said Johnathan Norman, Creative Lead for Honda Interior Design in the U.S. “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!”
Honda’s new interior design won’t just focus on simplicity though. This is where the “and something” segment comes in. Apart from being functional, the new interior design is “meant to invoke a positive emotional response from the driver and passengers, expressed through design details such as the careful knurling of a knob or charm of a material”.
These philosophies have already been applied to a number of new Hondas, most especially the all-new HR-V with its plush materials, knurled controls, and premium touches.
“We are pursuing this design language with the new Hondas we’re designing in the studio now,” Norman adds. “It’s our ‘simple’ approach to design with the ‘and something’ that will help differentiate each product and make your future Honda vehicles something you want to drive and are excited to use.”
While opinions towards Honda’s recent exterior redesigns have been mixed, their interiors are no doubt a significant improvement compared to its predecessors. The all-new 2022 Honda Civic will be the first vehicle to fully embrace this “Simplicity and Something” philosophy, and will make its full reveal on April 28.