Magna has launched its new Surface Element Lighting technology on the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV SUV, currently being rolled out worldwide.

“Surface Element Lighting is contained within a compact package, providing a homogeneous appearance and customizable, affordable LED lighting options for exterior vehicle applications,” the Aurora, Ontario-based supplier said.

“Automotive designers are constantly looking for new ways to differentiate, and lighting is one way to showcase creativity and brand image,” said John O’Hara, president of Magna mechatronics, mirrors, lighting and Magna Electronics.

“With OLED-like uniformity at a fraction of the cost, Surface Element Lighting is a game-changer in terms of design and customisation.”

At a minimum thickness of just 4mm, individual compact LED panels can be packaged into tight spaces and situated in near-endless configurations. The surrounding frame of the lit element can be modified to create unique 3D panels.

Lighting animations are customisable and can be created within individual elements or in groups including: lock/unlock, greet/goodbye, charge indicator, startup and turn signal indicator. Different pre-programmed lighting animations are available for more personalisation.

This new technology builds on Magna’s current product line which includes lighting for 140 current vehicle models.