Whats with this new two-toned roof look? Why is it trending?
We have all likely seen it at this point - automakers have been pumping out a slew of new subcompact SUVs with a striking two-tone paint option. The contrasting roof look is becoming increasingly popular along with this segment as a whole, but it is not a new trend, just one that has been brought back. Black colored roofs are actually pretty common on a lot of cars, mimicking the carbon-fiber look of high performance cars body panels. Whether or not it aligns with your preferences is irrelevant - it is hot and trending. We can take a look at a few examples that are popular today.
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The KIA compact SUV once pioneered the segment, now it remains a leader in the brand's sales. To keep up with the cool kids, KIA offers certain two-tone paint trims such as the GT-Line pictured above.
Nissan has been selling the kicks to stay relevant the last few years and seen some pretty decent numbers, yet ever since it's initial launch it has featured a contrasting roof option to appeal to younger buyers. It is believed by Nissan that younger buyers see this option as a way to incorporate style into lower-priced, entry-level vehicles.
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Hyundai hopped on the trend a little late, releasing it's entry-level subcompact SUV to compete with the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR a few years after. One of its few options is the multi-color body paint, most commonly seen in white.
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Toyota's best-seller was hot upon its 5th generation release in 2019. Following a major shift in design language, the RAV4 offers a two-tone roof and A-pillar combination that is available in all markets in which it is sold. It just goes to show that America's car market remains a trend-setter still today, not just for developing neighbor markets but even for large markets like in China and India.
Athough only currently offered with an option for black or metallic black, the roof on Toyota's entry-level crossover was available in white upon its launch and up until 2019. The best part? It is a no-cost option. Take that, Honda.
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Yes, even the premium market has a thirst for the trend. Volvo has experienced great success following the launch of its premium subcompact. Somehow they even managed to pull it off without looking cheap likened to the entry-level competition following suit.
The trend doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, and people are still willing to pay extra for it. However, as trends do, it will eventually become tacky and out of style. For those with contrasting paint: enjoy it while it lasts!