….shows BMW how to do a modern interior with wood accents. Take a look at this interior, shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
There is not much that’s “concept” about this, though that’s not to say it’s not both good and original. What I particularly like is the information strip around the base of the windscreen, the symmetry of the dashboard and the excellent wood deck on the top roll. I have in the past suggested Lancia could have had a future doing this kind of calm modernism.
Although the Mighty Deck has a different audience (and the concept is absurd in itself), the execution is a singular example of what calm modernism looks like, and is diametrically opposite to the fussy, busy “sportiness” of what Alfa Romeo, BMW and Mercedes offer. Isn’t it odd that it takes Suzuki to demonstrate the possibilities?
And now, here’s BMW´s attempt at modernity, which I can’t help feeling looks brittle and uncoordinated:
Why are car designers having such a hard time with simplicity?
Here is the exterior of the Mighty Deck. Toyota made a bit of a meal of the “face” of the FS-R concept car. Suzuki have given their car an expression too but one which uses all of the front’s graphic and sculptural elements. I can’t find fault with this. I don’t suppose it has any more of a future than the lovely Regina concept of 2012.
And this is the side profile. This is inspired. The lines are nearly parallel yet the car retains a strong sense of poise and purpose. Great colour as well. The b-c pillar shows how it can be done. This is design to make you fall in love with design all over again. I wish they’d put this effort into a production car. It’s not much fun thinking the actual cars won’t be quite such a pleasure to view. They are not bad but not super.