Ahh, style. The word that means different things to different people. The khaki-clad middle manager and the 20-something hipster from Seattle both have a sense of it, even if wildly divergent. And this equally applies to cars.
For example, though many of the B&B complain about how all cars look the same now, I don’t think that’s true.
Your assignment today is to think about present-day exterior styling as applied to cars, and come up with a suggestion that’s suitably timeless.
Not all vehicles age as gracefully as others. The hot trends of the day don’t always translate well into the new dawn of the next decade. Check out the gone-soft styling of the new Discovery in the headline image. It’s a current example of what not to do. The blocky and upright design lineage of Discovery generations I-IV is gone in this new iteration. The floating roof, hiked-up rear belt line and obtrusive C-pillar are all things which won’t look great in a decade.
Keeping with this SUV thread, I’ve got a timeless design in mind which proves me right. Look at this.
The magnificent solid block of metal you see above is the Infiniti QX4, which had its last model year in 2003. Three-spoke wheels, xenon lamps, wood trim
and brougham stuff — it was and is excellent. I propose this vehicle still looks great today, a full 14 years later. But what about a vehicle from the same year which has not aged so gracefully? I’ll be fair and use another midsize, semi-premium SUV.
And here it is: the 2003 GMC Envoy. Though these two vehicles are similar in many ways, right down to metallic beige paint and wheel design, the way they’ve aged is entirely different. The Envoy is a classic case of a design lacking in timelessness. This particular case is unusual, since the Envoy is largely made of straight lines, and doesn’t feature any of the swoops or flame surfacing which generally serve to age cars more quickly.
But neither of these (now ancient) examples are current vehicles, which is where we focus today. Time to put on our thin-frame designer spectacles. To your mind, what are the timeless designs you can go and purchase in North American showrooms in 2017? What’s your best bet if you don’t want your car to look all Envoy in a few years?