The e320 has been in development since 2009, when Italian design group Pininfarina was appointed to the work ahead of Seymour Powell. They will replace the existing Eurostar interior designs, which were created by Philippe Starck.
Eurostar says the new e320 designs feature “more space per seat” while each seat will be equipped with power points and a USB socket. There are also ergonomically designed reclining seats and increased luggage areas. The new e320 trains also feature newly designed buffet bars.
Pininfarina has also designed the external livery for the trains, which uses the Eurostar identity created by SomeOne.
Each train can carry 900 passengers, boosting capacity per train by 20 per cent. They are capable of reaching a speed of 320 kph (200 mph).
The new trains are ‘inter-operable’, says Eurostar, with the ability to operate across diverse European signalling systems across the continent
Eurostar chief executive Nicola Petrovic says: “With just one year to go until our new e320 train comes into service, passengers will see a complete transformation of our service. The combination of bold design, chic interiors and wifi connectivity will raise the bar, providing an unprecedented level of style and comfort for our customers.”
A total of 17 new e320 trains are set to go into service at the end of 2015.
The launch of the new trains comes as Eurostar marks its 20th anniversary with a campaign designed by The Clearing, which features illsutrations by Jean Jullien, Toni Halonen, Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi and Adrian Johnson.