Burscheid, Germany -- Automotive seating supplier Johnson Controls has launched a new design for second row seats in pickup trucks. When stowed, this 'Slim Stow Seat' takes up 33 percent less space, maximises comfort and is lighter than traditional rear truck seats. It also improves visibility for the driver, the company said.
"Our Slim Stow Seat enables us to set new standards in foldable rear seats in pickups," said Dr Andreas Eppinger, Vice President Technology Management at Johnson Controls Automotive Experience. "It surpasses previous seating concepts in terms of comfort, cargo space and appearance. It also improves visibility when stowed since the seat back is lowered 100 mm."
The seat panel is formed from an upper part with a tubular frame design, with attachment points for child seats and defined side-bolsters. This design allows the seat to provide lateral support and contour usually only found in front-row pickup-truck seating.
The lower part of the seat features a stable arm, and carries the seat pad, which features 50-percent more foam than usual in the relevant areas. "This, together with the side-bolsters, ensures superior comfort while fulfilling safety requirements," explained Eppinger. "Even with the bolsters and padding, the seat's movement enables space-saving stowage."
The new seat deploys and stows using an intuitive, one-hand operation, making it easy to reconfigure the interior space from outside the vehicle. It stows behind the truck's rear panel wall maximising cargo space while providing an unprecedented, clean appearance.