T4REngineer wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:31 pm
I am not sure why these silver (off-road) and black (pro) valances bother you so much when things like this are everywhere.
They don't bother me at all. Different strokes for different folks. I just posted my thoughts on a general design that has been popularized recently, to which andypanda disagreed...'Butch' styling is all the rage now. Consumers love the SUV faux toughness look...Aggressive front ends, plastic body cladding, fake skid plates, jacked up ride height, ect.
No one at Toyota is saying it's a skid plate ,how could it simulate a skid plate when skid plates are underneath and these are not. Its not meant to simulate anything...
Toyota might not say it is a skid plate, but that is absolutely the look they are going for. They (poorly) simulate a skid plate and are added to give it a more aggressive and tough look.
You and I both agree that it is a very poor attempt, but most consumers don't know what the real thing even looks like.
Go to the Kia Telluride website and you will see. This proves exactly what I'm saying...
They call the silver-painted add-ons "skid plates" in the Specifications section, even though they are not at all real skid plates.
And this is the same exact look Toyota uses on their Rav4 "Adventure" and 4Runner "Off-Road".
Don't forget about the non functioning hood scope on each of those models, must be simulating ram air :/
Yes, that is exactly what it is simulating! That is why Toyota tacks it onto the hood.
It is a cosmetic piece that has been added on to look like the real thing...to make it look more powerful, aggressive, manly, ect.
Consumers are now craving this look, as I noted above. And since the vast majority of consumers only care about the LOOK and not actual function/performance, they find these faux add-ons appealing. It bolsters their image of being tough.