Too Many Cars Are Ruined By This Design Trend
In desperate scrambles to stay modern and keep up witht he trends so many cars have their designs fettled with and ruined
With the launch of the new face-lifted Ford Fiesta, something of a design trend seems to have started. Even since the days of the Ford Cortina, cars have had midlife face-lifts which would add some new features and bits of trim without changing the overall design or persona of the vehicle. The same can be said for cars now days too with Mercedes churning a face-lifted model out once a week and the other German auto giants following suit, as well as all big manufacturers. However, one thing that separates facelifts of today from those of Cortina times is that now the tweaks are more substantial and are ruining some fantastic cars.
You see, now days every one wants to be distinguishable, unique and different and what comes with this is wanting to be recognised for all this. Its why Apple changed the camera layout for the iPhone 13 or made the sides flat for the iPhone 12: because people want others to see them and recognise these little changes and go "ooh thats the new model, isn't he/she cool". Its the same with cars too. Just look at the launch editions of models and look at them now. Continuing the example of the Fiesta, we had a cracking little hot hatch with pretty, cute headlights coupled with creases and grilles to hint at the grunt and absolute gem of a drivers machine lay underneath. It was a very pretty little car but if you look at its recently revealed facelift, you have warped headlights and bulbs that look stretched backwards and are squinting at you. A wider grille and some new creases and trim angles make it look bigger and as if its on stilts which ruins the styling completely. If people wanted a Ford Puma they'd buy a Ford Puma. There's no need to make its little brother the Fiesta look almost the same.
All these changes though haven't added anything, they aren't more efficient new headlights or a bigger grill to solve any overheating issues because new cars never have any issues like this from the factory anymore. With the Fiesta, the adjustments are so half hearted Ford didn't even bother to change the rear end, proving they just wanted to make the car look different simply for the sake of it.
This is the crux of the issue. Designers fettling with the styling of their cars just so they can show their bosses and say "look at all this designing I've done, look how different it looks" and for the average Joe who will buy the car to be able to show off and be recognised for buying the latest and supposedly greatest model.
Take a look at the original BMW iX3 (white) and the facelift version (black)
The original looks perfectly fine but the new one has skinnier lights and a front bumper more reminiscent to the petrol powered X3. The side skirts are also more X3 inspired with the aluminium look trim and coloured side trim removed in favour of a body coloured bulge.
Another example is the recently updated Hyundai i30. The sharp looking original came out in 2018 and ignoring the headlights, the new model has quite an ugly grille that is shaped like a scallop shell with hideous strakes inside it. The side intakes have been filled with more plastic and stretched out. Both for no apparent reason at all.
A final example is the mini. The original has become a bit of a style icon like its rival the Fiat 500 and like the Fiat even though its been out for 8 years it looks the part... unlike its facelift counterpart. The new Mini has a higher bonnet line making it look inflated and even further from the original. The elephant in the room though is the bigger grille with a hexagonal, moustache shape with a black outline that contrasts the chrome trim. The body coloured block in the centre makes it look like a rugby player with a mouth guard too.
In conclusion, facelifts these days are have become nothing more than a means for cars to look different as they age so their buyers to feel good about themselves as their public image apparently soars because they have the "amazing new model".