Are BMW's Grills Really That Bad? : Tom's Opinion
Woah! Calm down! It's just a thought.
Don’t we all just love a little bit of controversy? I’m not trying to barge into the community like “I have an audience-splitting opinion, therefore I’m very original!” That’s not what I am going for. I am genuinely confused as to why there are so many frowns aimed at the new BMW grills. This article is less of ‘Tom’s Opinions’ and more ‘Tom’s Trying to Have a Civilised Conversation’.
I’d usually begin with “In case you haven’t heard…” but you have. If you are even the slightest bit attentive in the rolling out of car releases and updates to different models, you’d almost certainly know that BMW have revised the 3 and 4 Series cars, including the M variants. The reaction has been a bunch of hissy fits, complaining that it’s ugly and the grills are far too big, making BMW about as popular as Piers Morgan right now. But why? I would like to start with the disclaimer that this is subjective, since the visual definition of ‘beauty’ will vary from person to person. So, whilst I do think there’s nothing wrong with the new cars, others will just never see where I’m coming from. I am not telling you want to think, I do not have those sorts of powers, unfortunately.
Others, meanwhile, do. With a lot of car culture and most likely with other things too (but I literally know nothing else besides this), we as people have a tendency to hop onboard with what other people say, because an opinion can supposedly make you interesting. One guy says “Ew. What are those grills, bro” (or something like that), then everyone agrees to hate on BMW’s designers’ latest development. This then piles up, then the general thought is that they are ugly.
As you may already be able to tell, I like them. I think they are actually an improvement in some respects. I’ll firstly address the thought that they are too big. They’re not. If size genuinely was an issue, what about Audi? Lexus? Toyota? These guys have been defining “gopping” for a while, yet no one makes earthquakes with their tantrums, unless it’s BMW. On top of this, I think it’s better than if they were to be smaller. Remember the E46 3 Series with the headlights that had a separate blob of headlight each side of the car? Wasn’t that sexy? Of course, it wasn’t. I just had a series of convulsions of disgust just typing it. They looked like a really bored pig. At least with the new ones, this newly enraged boar has a bit of drama about it. The grills have always looked a bit piggy, but now it comes across as livelier and more interesting.
This image will be instantaneously deleted off my laptop.
One last thing I wanted to touch on is the fact that these aren’t the ugliest BMW’s. Yes, there’s the repulsive blobby E46, however I mean that they currently produce. I have a problem with the new 1 and 2 Series. My brother has a 2017 1 Series and it’s very nice to look at. Satisfying proportions and an even more satisfying RWD drivetrain. The same can’t be said for the new model. The body shape us just a bit off, with the front end just being a bit too high. During the production, a massive bee must’ve snuck into the BMW development centre and stung the front of each 1 Series, making it swell at the front. But it didn’t stop there, it decided to do the same to the 2 Series and sneak round to it’s bottom and repeat the process.
Anyway, as I was saying, what are your thoughts on the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Series BMW’s? I would genuinely like to know down below.
P.S. I still love the E46 M3, that worked very well.