Headlamp design always comes down to a few millimetres in every direction: the designers try to achieve a low and elongated headlamp appearance, and they want to position the light elements as close to the sides of the car as possible. The lights then visually widen the car, giving it the right proportions. Any extra detail that is needed from a design point of view can disrupt the desired balance.
Crystallinium in the headlights of the recently launched new generation of the Škoda Kodiaq
In the end, the engineers and designers managed to find a way to get some rays of light for the Crystallinium out of the module’s inner chamber, which is otherwise carefully enclosed on all sides so that the light goes only where it should. “In fact, we deliberately made a precise gap in there for controlled light distribution,” Nevřela says. The shaping of the element then ensured that the entire headlight met the homologation requirements and didn’t shine forward in a colour that isn’t permitted. “The tilt angle of the front facets protects the required measurement area,” Nevřela explains. The illuminated Crystallinium element is made of polycarbonate, which allows the required transparent colouring to be achieved with great precision and edge sharpness. “It’s crystalline design at its best,” Nevřela adds with a smile.
Sketch of the headlights of the latest-generation Škoda Superb
Then it was just a matter of choosing the right colour. “The Škoda brand has long been associated with shades of green, but we didn’t want to be constrained by that. Although green didn’t look bad, we were looking for the colour that would best match the widest possible range of car body colours. That’s one reason why we ended up going for a cool blue,” Nevřela points out. The fact that the cool blue light evokes advanced technology also played a role. And the headlights in the Kodiaq and Superb certainly represent cutting-edge tech. As a result, the designs of these models with LED Matrix headlights are now clearly recognisable and bring something new and unexpected. The new solution will certainly find its way into other future Škoda models as well, though.