The new 4LT interior was on display for the first time at last weekend’s CorvetteForum Cruise-In at the National Corvette Museum. On hand was Tom Hill – Corvette Plant Engineer who said these seats were put in the car the day before the event began which makes this the first 2012 Corvette to have the 4LT interior installed.
The new seat is a big improvement, especially the shoulder bolsters that seem to really round out the comfort, particularly for “spirited” driving. The actual headrest seemed to be very hard and stiff, compared to the current seat. The design team also redid the “release mechanism” who allows the seats to be folded forward for access to the rear storage area.
Corvette Buyers are able to specify a stitch color and you’ll see this yellow stitching on these seats nicely accents the Velocity Yellow exterior.
Here are a few pictures of the new 4LT interior in a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport.
The new seat design is another indication that GM is listening and responding to customers (and critics) and apparently Tom Hill made a big point about that during his presentation.
Another topic of discussion that Corvette owners are frustrated with is the current Navigation system. Hill agreed that it sucks and went on to explain that at the time the C6 was being developed, it was a state-of-the-art system. However, as technology for NAV systems have significantly gotten better, engineers were stuck with what they in had without making substantial changes to the dash and the related components. Hill agreed that it’s one of the most frustrating issues to the engineering team on the Corvette and says they know they can do it better, but their hands are tied.
A big thanks to Brad aka ‘TOBASCO’ for providing the pictures and a recap of the discussions with Tom Hill.