Matching vibrant interior
“Youthful” and “practical” were key themes adopted by the design team during the development of the interior and perfectly describe a cockpit that combines superior space utility with a bold, creative design.
In keeping with the car’s exuberant styling, customers can, depending on the colour of their car, choose a vibrant two-tone interior treatment, with turquoise, blue or light grey materials used as highlights on the fascia ahead of the instrument cluster, on the front passenger airbag cover, and as fabric seat and door trim inserts, the remainder of the cabin trimmed in either dark grey or black.
Silver accents applied to the steering wheel, the gear lever, and the surrounds of the air vents, speedometer and centre console add a touch of sportiness.
Considerable attention was paid to ensuring the highest quality for these trim items which are moulded rather than painted – a common difficulty with silver-coloured plastics is the irregularity in the plastic flow during moulding. In order to overcome this issue, the amounts of metallic additives and the distribution of particle diameters were optimised and state-of-the-art plastic-flow analysis was used to perfect the mould shapes.
An added element of interior coordination is provided by an oval motif used for a variety of items, including the air vents, the liquid crystal display within the speedometer, the door armrests, the rearview mirror, and other features. Even the dimples on the fascia have an oval shape.
The instrument panel has a wraparound shape with a flowing, streamlined centre console that is angled towards the windscreen to create an open, airy feeling. It approximately matches the trajectory on which the driver moves his or her hands when using the flush-fitted controls located within it.
A fully integrated audio system is stylishly designed to match Splash’s youthful image. The CD tuner with MP3-compatibility and speed-sensitive volume adjustment can be operated either from the centre console-mounted controls or via the remote buttons provided on the left-hand steering wheel spoke.
The gear lever is mounted in a relatively high position on the centre console so that it falls easily to hand for effortless shifting.
Ahead of the leather-trimmed steering wheel, the instrument cluster is dominated by a distinctive, large speedometer whose black lettering on a white dial makes for good legibility. It also contains an LCD information display providing outside temperature, instantaneous and average fuel consumption and range, as well as a digital clock.
Complementing the prominent speedo is a funky tachometer which sits in its own housing on top of the fascia for an added sporty flavour.