I’m not sure why the designers have opted for a rectangular shaped steering wheel. Almost all vehicles on the road today use round steering wheels and there is good reason for that, it works.
Regarding the center console, it seems like a distraction to avert your eyes down and to the right. Tesla started with this design and a lot of companies are copying this. Seems like a way to cut costs by putting a touchscreen tablet In the center of the car.
A dashboard in front of the driver behind the steering wheel makes sense and has worked for a long time, for good reason, it only requires a quick glance down to check the speed or other important displays.