It’s not just your imagination, automakers are loading car interior designs with screens in lieu of buttons, knobs and switches. The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer for example, may hold the title for most screens in a single vehicle today. One designer at Stellantis however, wants to rid vehicles of screens altogether in favor of a more classic and elegant look.
Chief designer for France’s more prime Citroën brand, DS, Thierry Metroz, is a man determined to get screens out of cars. He sat down with Autocar and offered a few explanations behind his thought process. His primary argument is that the plethora of screens made available in today’s vehicles simply don’t look sexy when not in use. He told Autocar that when you flip off the screens you’re left with a black rectangle that has garnered all kinds of fingerprint smudges which doesn’t offer a very “luxury” feel. Metroz added that he wishes to design an interior that is “less intrusive” and more “serene.”
The challenge with getting rid of screens altogether is that it’s important for a driver to receive information and remain safe while driving at all times. Vehicles like the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which offers up to 75-inches of screen space are going in the complete opposite direction of Metroz’s vision. We’re not entirely sure if Metroz view will translate to the U.S. though. GMC interior designers seem to be working on ways to further integrate their screens into the dash and be less intrusive than they are now as we saw in a recent GMC Sierra sketch. Among the EV’s and plug-in hybrids on the market now, like the GMC Hummer EV, the amount of screens are highlighted selling points on their website so Metroz view will take some major persuasion to see a change, at least in America.