Posts about BMW iX
Is there a benefit to having a clamshell tailgate on a lot of new SUVs (e.g. Audi Q, BMW iX, Lucid Air) vs the regular door like tailgate??
I don't like how clamshells looks b/c it creates an odd cutline in the profile. It also seems to require more complexity b/c many of these vehicles require secondary tail lights when the tailgate is lifted. And I'm assuming the tailgate is heavier b/c it's just bigger which would require bigger motors or struts to lift them. So why are more SUVs using them? Is there a benefit I just can't figure out? Is it a structural thing*? Or is it just purely styling/design and I just don't like the new design?
*I do remember when the MB SLK came out they changed the headlights so that the stamping for the front fenders wouldn't need a corner so it was cheaper to make. But in this case it seems like you still need a curved stamping for the tailgate itself.
Edit: As an example of what I'm talking about (I kinda made up the term clamshell tailgate), I was watching this review of the BMW iX and notice the tailgate wraps around the corners of the car and lifts up all of the tail lights as well. You can see the secondary tail lights as it lifts up.
Edit2: Some commenters mentioned that it allows for a wider opening, but it seems the BMW and Audi's opening aren't that big due to the space allocated for the secondary tail lights that appear when the tailgate is lifted. In fact, they seem even smaller than cars with "normal" tailgates. Of the cars that have this type of opening only the Lucid seems to take advantage of the extra width to make a wider opening.