Today’s Question of the Day is the inverseÂ of one I positedÂ back in March of this year. At that time, we took your suggestions for current vehicle designs which you thought would stand the test of time.
It’s now time to cover the other side of the ugly coin; the vehiclesÂ on sale today which will become dated-looking quicker than all others.
Now, I hinted at one example of date-happyÂ design in that original post: the new Land Rover Discovery. My opinion on that particular vehicle hasn’t changed, but the parameters used in suggesting theÂ design won’t age well apply to our question today. Think about these trendy design cues:
- Sloping roofs
- Floating C-pillars
- Increasingly egg-shaped designs
- Overly fussy detailing
- Gigantic grille openings
Here are a couple of nominations to start off this celebration of badÂ design.
A prime example of all-round wrong. The subcompact CUV segment is flaming hot right now, and Lexus has pulled the NX down from an alien outpost somewhere and shoved it onto dealer lots. The NXÂ has the aforementioned egg shape, is needlessly aggressive, and the grille is huge. All the exterior details have to beÂ fussy, in an attempt to cover up the underlying egg-shaped elephant in the room.
And would you just look at that fat upper lip, hanging out over the front end. The stylingÂ is only acceptable at present because of the hugeÂ demand for CUVs. In a couple of years though, the NX will be the one of the first to look like old hat.
While the NX narrowly misses the floating roof treatment (the RX is not so lucky), the MaximaÂ embraces it with open arms. The current generation debuted for 2016, andÂ in theory is an attempt to capture the “4DSC” magic the Maxima had through the mid-1990s. But this sporting pursuit has edgedÂ the large front-wheel drive sedan into a styling corner.
Flame surfacing and high door sills are front and center, along with a gaping corporate grille, and (on this example) very fiddly wheel design. It’s just too much, and less is usually more when it comes to ageless designs.
What are your picks for the current vehicles most eager to date themselves?Â (No, not like that.)
[Images: Toyota, Nissan]