At the end of last month, MotorTrend reported that General Motors is looking to issue a mid-cycle refresh for the interior of the C8 Corvette. This would be a rather unusual move for the automaker, as the Corvette has rarely seen such a transformation during a specific generation. Sure the C3 and C4 generation models saw some rather dramatic changes throughout their life cycles, but they were each on sale for 15 and 12 years, respectively. Whether or not such a refresh will come from GM, the folks over at CorvetteBlogger have just shared an artist’s interpretation as to what this updated Corvette interior could look like.
You can view the design change here.
The report from MotorTrend specifically noted that GM is looking to get rid of the C8 Corvette’s distinctive “waterfall” center stack. This unusual piece of interior trim separates the driver and passenger compartments, and acts as the home for the HVAC controls. A lot of folks were put off by this layout for one reason or another, and as such this has supposedly caused GM to rethink the design. Thanks to Joe Zeff Design, we can now visual a revised C8 Corvette interior. To our eyes, the change is quite minimal, while drawing more attention to the canted center screen. All in all we feel as if this change removes a bit of the C8’s driver-focused layout. Furthermore, laying the waterfall down could create some issues for drivers when it comes to making adjustments to the HVAC while on the move.
MotorTrend suggests that the redesigned C8 Corvette interior could arrive for the 2023 model year. We know that this is when the hybrid E-Ray model is slated to debut, which could give GM the excuse they need to make such a change. That said, we think this is an unlikely change. As the automaker focuses all of their available resources towards electrification, the C8’s interior is likely a non-issue for the top brass.
Folks in this business like to make a lot of noise when it comes to having hard buttons for certain functions inside a vehicle. We share a lot of these sentiments, as nobody likes digging through infotainment pages to make a small adjustment. General Motors listened to us, and that’s why we got the hard button layout that you see on the production C8. Sure the waterfall is a bit eccentric, but it is functional nonetheless. The mid-engined Corvette’s interior may not look incredible, but it is a helluva better than what we got in the C6 or even the C7 models. Does anyone really want to give GM a chance to mess up something that isn’t really an issue? It’s not like the C8 Corvette interior is so odd that it has stopped anyone from buying the thing. And if it has, perhaps these potential customers should go and drive the thing.