As long as they work when needed, few motorists ever give the lights on their cars a second thought – yet quite a lot more than two thoughts go into designing them for a new model.
Škoda is scheduled to debut its first all-electric SUV next month and the quite dramatic looking vehicle also features an unusual lighting design.
Petr Nevřela, chief designer of exterior lighting answers some questions:
Compared to previous models, how has the design of the headlights changed?
In implementing Škoda’s current design language, we already consistently developed the front headlights of the Scala and Kamiq model series and the new generation of the Octavia. In all the models we have presented over the last 18 months, the headlights are generally flatter, resulting in an even more dynamic effect.
The Kamiq also adds its own twist with daytime running lights at the top. Furthermore, additional crystalline elements have been incorporated into the headlight design.
With the Enyaq iV, we are continuing this trend and refining specific details, such as the new, finely-drawn daytime running lights with subtle lashes and the new hexagonal shape of the main LED modules. The new headlights and taillights further enhance the innovative character of the new Enyaq iV.
How long does the development process take when designing new headlights and rear lights?
The development of the design is a dynamic process; we work closely with our colleagues in exterior design and with the exterior lighting development team. We discuss which ideas are feasible before making the final selection. All in all, the process can take anywhere from six to 12 months.
What inspires you when designing new headlights and taillights?
Škoda is proud to reflect the tradition of Bohemian crystal art in its vehicles and interpret it in its own way. The precise lines, geometric arrangements and the exceptionally clear glass surfaces are fascinating and, depending on the incidence of light and viewing angle, offer ever-changing facets.
We can use this as a basis for experimenting with light effects, for example, with the three-dimensional rear lights that are illuminated with fine light strips.
What initial impression do the new Enyaq iV’s headlights convey?
The Enyaq iV’s lighting graphics are welcoming and friendly at first glance, while the headlights create a highly dynamic and modern look. Innovative LED technology also underlines the sustainable concept of our first all-electric SUV.