I saw some photos of the Hyundai Kona EV refresh and I think it’s one of the better face lifts I can remember. Removing the textured faux-grille pattern makes the headlights seem slimmer. The blank front with one leading edge gives it a sporty feel that I certainly welcome to an otherwise anonymous crossover thingy.
Meanwhile, somehow I had missed the Mazda MX-30. From the name, I was hoping for a small sporty sedan or better yet handsome coupe. Nope, another crossover. However, was Mazda low on designers the week this thing went through? It’s like they took a CX-3 and removed the beautiful surfacing, then kept playing with the proportions until it looked like poop. What the heck were they thinking?
I think the car share idea is important. The Citroen looks like a car that no one would want to own, and hence perfect for car sharing. Also, it looks brutally rugged as a rental. Important things to consider. Concept definitely looks hotter.
Slitty headlights: I’m disappointed that Jeep started this trend (at least in NA) and then tossed it. Why have LED lights if you are going to encase them in giant chrome reflectors. Just stick with a bulb at that point.
I know that Audi has an EV out there, but the design is unremarkable. Anything I’m missing?
actually on the Jeep, the headlights are in the bumper. The slits are only running lights, same with the Hyundai. This has to do with US minimum light size and position.
I think Jeep moved away from it because Jeep diehards didn’t like it, too different. Ironically the rest of the industry followed and if they had jus hung in there for a few more years they would have been on trend.
Not really design, but worth noting. GM has cancelled their deal with Nikola to build electric pick-ups. Despite the background of this (the Nikola founder is a shady character) I’m betting this is the first of some bad news for EVs.
I saw a review of the new Fiat 500e. I wouldn’t post, but I in reading it, I found out that it’s entirely new! Taller, wider and longer chassis than the petrol 500. Pretty neat that the design has changed so little on the 500 while they have tinkered with the mechanicals and now completely rebuilt it.
I do like the two part lights here. It keeps the friendly feel of the 500 while giving it a suggestion of high technology.
They didn’t have great range, especially compared to something like a Chevy Bolt. I had a friend who had one in SoCal. By the time he got home each day from work he was down in the red zone in charge with just a few miles to spare. He said it stressed him out every single day… this new one would have him covered though. Much better range.
Curious on everyone’s opinion on Canoo? On the surface I really dig that at least in a public persona they appear to be a very design led start-up/automaker. I realize that doesn’t always translate to success… ie- Faraday Future. I’d like them to succeed though.
And a big ol’ van- Canoo says that it will begin limited deliveries of this next year, with a full launch in 2023. It starts at $33,000. Canoo says there will be three different battery options, 40 kWh, 60 kWh, and 80 kWh, which will get 130, 190, and 230 miles of range.