I dont know if its been discussed here before or not, but im going to put it out there...
What are peoples thoughts on rear bumpers that are flush with the bootlid/tailgate of a car?
for example, the new Ford Fusion/Mondeo, the bootlid is flush with the rear bumper, and has what Ford refers to as a 'sacrifice panel' which is basically a reinforced thicker bottom part of the bootlid which acts like the top part of the bumper.
A few other cars also have this, one i can recall is the Hyundai i30 and i40
Actually newer Hyundai's seem to be moving towards this. Santa Fe included.
The Mazda Takeri concept also had a flush rear bootlid/bumper design which i thought looked amazing and was really dissappointed when it didnt carry over to the production car
I personally think this design style of a flush rear bootlid/tailgate with bumper looks much sleeker and modern than a traditional bumper design. I wonder why its not more common?
I guess theres issues with repair bills, cost to manufacture, increased weight etc to deal with, but from a purely aesthetic point of view, I really like the 'sacrifice panel' concept.
What are everyone else's views and opinions?