DarthPuppy wrote:...Looking at the pictures, I like it. I do find the grille to be funny for an EV, but when it comes down to it, people like large grilles. I guess they think it looks more powerful. MB has really pushed the large grille concept lately - I like the look of my new CLA, though the 2 liter 4 cylinder in it clearly hardly uses it. They even put shiny points into it to draw more attention to the grille.
You're probably right about public tastes. Personally I don't mind a large grille if it is functional, but I hate, hate HATE faux grilles! And it has nothing to do with it being an EV. On my previous car, Mazda RX-8, half of the grille was fake, which I hated from an aesthetic standpoint once I realized there wasn't for airflow. And it was even more tragically stupid because the damned model had overheating issues.
With the state of the art for batteries, EVs need very good aerodynamics. I'm not sure a fat grille and lots of angles and scoops helps in this regard. And as for AC performance the current iteration LEAF seems to do just fine without a monster grille.
I tend to like smooth curves instead of pinches, creases and angles, whether ICE or EV. I loved the design of my old Miata. I was hoping LEAF II would be more
sleek, not less.