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Friday, October 18, 2013

Did Chevy Get it Right? The All New 2014 Chevrolet Impala? "Look at Me Now"!!!

Well, my answer is yes they did, almost!  Very vey close! The New Chevrolet Impala is beautiful and amazing to look at. It is neatly and luxuriously styled, and had been begging for this for a very long time. Infact, what annoys me, is why in the hell, did they take so long? Huh Chevy? Y'all get on my nerves with that crap, of just let boring-a$$ cars go forever without a change-up! I mean who wears clothes for days on end without changing it? Damn! (LOL)

Anyway, lets cut to the chase. Chevrolet made a massive turn around with the new Impala. It looks hip, (and in more ways than one, wink), big, bold, and classy. It's a fresh glass of wine on the Chevrolet sedans dining table. I hear the clinking of glasses and a loud "Cheers"! "Yezzir"! Yes indeed! The new Chevy Impala has a radically different front fascia. Gone is that boring, blah-zay piece-of-sh^t design that formerly existed. Good riddance. (Clicks fingers and does a little dance). What's here now is a totally and highly recognizable departure from yesteryear. It is sexy, catchy and attractive. It's screaming Chris Brown's lines, "look at me now look at me now"!

The front of the car is just splendid. The part that immediately jumps out at you is the design of the lower front fascia. They protrude outward and catch a lot of light, which in and of itself draws the attention in the first place. They also have the resemblance of small wings spread out. This attractive design also brings out the huge-ness element of the grill. Now first let me elaborate on why I say huge-ness in regards to the grille. I say hugeness because the grille, though divided into two portions has kept its slatted structure right through to the bottom of the fascia. Therefore, it appears continuous. And being very wide as it is already, the "continuous" factor of it as it continues below the bumper bar, makes it look huge! It has an impact! A huge grille always adds aggression to a car, as it is represents massive air intake, and massive air intake is representative of  massive horsepower and hence the possibility of massive engine power. Now moving upward and outward from the grille area is a descriptive, sculptured, and pronounced surfacing of the metal that rests right below the headlamps. This is one of the most definitive things about the Impala's front end. It highlights the new headlamp design and makes it speak proudly. The design of the foglamps below it, also play their part.

Now lets talk about the side of the car. This area of the vehicle is also extremely attractive -
stemming majorly from the lovely addition of hips! Yes man, the new Impala got hips! In my Missy Elliott voice, "big hips on ya!" This feature, this sensuous rump in the quarter panel, gives the side of the car all the life in the world! And again, it is another totally radical departure from the old Impala. And now, I'm thinking what's so hard in being fresh and innovative with design. Gosh! Why did it have to take Chevy so long to kick their designers in the a$$! I mean a really hard kick too! You know, like how you kick that soccer ball into the goal, or how the footballer kicks that ball! (LOL). Now moving past those sexy hips is the lengthy precision-chiseled crease into the metal that runs from the rear door handle into the front quarter panel before seamlessly blending the metal besides the headlamp. This feature adds extra oomph to the design language speaking on the side of the car. And as to say, "We aint finish talking yet", there is a huge light-catcher below that reflects a full handful of light, bringing the attention of your eyes to the lower body of the car. And to put the nail in the coffin, a chrome strip is even added to this! Can you feel the impact? Hey designer, I love you for this!!

Ok, now 'round to the back of the car. Now over here is the reason why I state in the title and say in the first sentence of the blog, that the designers almost got it right. I'm not too enthused with the taillight set-up with that chrome strip between them. It reminds me of the rear of the Chevrolet Cruze (a simpleton car). All it is just a chrome strip conformed to the curvature of the area where it resides. It would look better maybe without the chrome strip and then put some more design innovation into the taillights or maybe redesign the chrome strip period. (Scroll to the bottom of the blog to see my sketch that includes the combination of both options). Now, that aside, the rest of the rear fascia looks fantastic! And this lies in the stance, and the way the upper fascia gently and sensuously curves into a sloping descent into the bumper. Also, right around the sides of the rear is a light catcher that adds extra definition to the rear of the car (a continuation of the one at the side of the vehicle). Moving back to the rear-most part of the vehicle, and lower down, is the neat, tight, and beautiful integration of the chrome-tipped exhaust pipes into the extreme lower fascia. And finally, in the last discussion of the rear of the Impala, lets move up to the trunk lid, which is essentially a stylishly and perfectly integrated spoiler - just beautiful! Moving up from here, are the well-thought out trunk parting lines. These swoop into a bourgeois-ly raked rear window. This is that luxury signature! That hatchback effect that has been re-innovated for sedans nowadays. And it's gorgeous! Just look at it! The new Chevrolet Impala is a BAWSE! (In my Rick Ross voice).


Now carefully observe our sketch you see the difference? Can you feel the intent?
Can you feel the passion in the re-innovated chrome piece? (Haha) Well folks, it has been a pleasure to blog about the new Chevy Impala! Until next time! Adios!

- Gebre Mesquitta

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The All-New Cadillac Escalade of 2015! Redesigned to Perfection!

Well you know how they say that the best things take time to happen? Right? "Yezzir", it takes time and patience to get it just right. Well, that wait is now over, the long awaited re-designed Cadillac Escalade is finally here. To state it simply, and in my Wocka Flocka voice, "round of applause"!
The Cadillac Escalade is America’s most beautiful and unique-est SUV ever. It can hold it’s own against any import. Parked besides any Range Rover or Mercedes SUV, it looks right at home, if not even better! The beauty of the Cadillac Escalade is one that can’t be just recognized but must be observed - close up. It’s in the details! There is a reason for the beauty. This I have described in previous blogs, which you can read at the following links. I will re-state a few of those points as I compare the previous Escalade with the all-new carefully and intelligently remodeled Escalade. 

Carefully observe the pictures below - the winning looks of the automotive Play Boy SUV! We'll show you how the designers re-styled it within reasonable but innovative limits!

Due to the winning looks of the Cadillac Escalade, and it’s hordes of lovers, the designers knew that they must tread carefully when re-designing the vehicle. It’s almost like they had to walk on eggs! And they must have thought about this egg-walk (lol) for a while too (haha), as this is the first-in-a-long-while re-design of the iconic Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade was a pretty boy of flawless looks and addicitve sex appeal. The object was to update the design, and keep and/or increase that sex appeal while keeping as much of those tiny, but unique details that make the Escalade pop. You know, the effort to re-design or modify the aesthetic without pushing away Escalade lovers, “the struggle is real”. But Cadillac made it! They got it right! The new Cadillac Escalade is marvelous! And I'm about to show you just why.

Lets begin at the front of the SUV. The front end now looks more serious, it still has that sexy smile, but it’s a more serious face with the same smile. This serious-ness aspect is a result of a new truck-ish re-styling of the front end. The headlamp area is set down, or is at a lower height than the hood. So in essence the center of the front fascia, or the grille area, is on a higher level, and thus is given more prominence, and that equals an appearance of more aggression - more macho! Also, look closely at the grille. The design is slightly different. It has three slots compared to the previous two, and the slats are thicker and deeper as well, giving the new grille a more biting look! Yeah man! Bite that air, eat it and fuel that horsepower! The lower front fascia was also re-innovated with a new shape that produces L-shaped foglamps. This is a perfect touch! It compliments the new headlamp shapes just right. Also checkout how the headlamps reveal a vertically stacked set of bulbs. This causes the headlamps to look taller as well, and it even brings out the grille too because the horizontal slats of the grille seem to invisibly extend into it. Going even lower on the fascia is also another re-styling, which is similar to that seen on the new Cadillac coupes, particularly, the Cadillac CTS coupe

Now moving onto the side view, there is a continuation of the impressive front end design set up. It is extruded horizontally through the entire SUV - front to rear. The Escalade is now visually comprised of three pieces: the center body, and the two left and right side protruding areas. Also, another little change up on the side, that Cadillac did, was to include all the side windows on the same level as the front windshield. In the previous Escalade model, the windshield extended to a lower level than than the rest of the windows. With the new design, the entire wholesome effect is a smooth-sailing horizontal flow. There are no broken visuals. The truck looks like it is ready to take off! Also, I love how the designers kept the wheel arcs exactly the same - to the “T”! The wheel arc design of the Cadillac escalade is a precisely unique one, and has played a big part in the look of the SUV.


 Moving on to the rear of this lovely SUV, the first bold, and striking thing are the tailights. I absolutely just love it. It is ofcourse a carryover from the Cadillac wagon - and a nice one indeed. This taillight design dramatically and perfectly wraps up the new, improved, bold, braggadicious, and massive bling look of the Cadillac Escalade. Cadillac, YOW! kudos to the designer on his slam-dunk basketball game!! Salute!!


Just look at this beautiful wagon and how it's deisgn features were beautifully integrated into the rear of the new Cadillac Escalade!
Now enjoy the rest of the pictures of the beautiful Cadillac Escalade for 2015! And then enjoy the video afterwards!Go Cadillac Go Cadillac! Go! Go! Go!

Swaggggggggggggg! Looking like a boss! And dapper!

All up in ya grille! Big and bold! Gangsta and bad-ass!

Aww man, just look at the interior! Rich, sensous, supple leather. Natasha Bedingfield sings, "feel the rain on your skin", in her same voice, I'm singing, feel the leather on your skin! It feels so good! Like sweet love! Those sweet caresses!




- Gebre Mesquitta