Hyundai has recently made an innovative design change to its 2024 Santa Fe SUV by moving the shifter back to the steering column. This decision was explained by Hyundai’s vice president of design and the head of engineering at Hyundai-Kia Technical Center.
The main rationale behind this move was to enhance the driving interface and optimize the usage of interior space. By relocating all driving-related controls around the steering wheel, Hyundai aims to allow drivers to stay focused on the road without any distractions.
Shifting the gear by wire on the column not only improves efficiency but also frees up valuable space on the center console. This additional space can now be utilized to accommodate various features and storage options. In the case of the Santa Fe, this includes the integration of USB ports, a wireless charging pad, and a larger console box.
While adapting to the new shifter might require a slight learning curve for customers, initial feedback suggests that they have adapted well to this change. Many appreciate the more concentrated driving experience and the increased console space.
This design decision is expected to have a long-lasting impact, as Hyundai plans to carry it over to its future Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia vehicles. This move will not only provide an enhanced driving experience but also offer increased console space for added convenience.
With the relocation of the shifter to the steering column, Hyundai sets a new standard for efficient and ergonomic vehicle design. Stay tuned for more updates on Hyundai’s innovative features and the upcoming launch of their redesigned vehicles in the Heartland Magazine.
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