I guess they want everybody to drive *****-looking jellybean hatchbacks.To limit pedestrian injuries, engineers and designers will have to make the front of a car or SUV into an enormous, soft-crumple zone, while still maintaining car-to-car crash performance in offset barrier tests and while still satisfying low-speed parking impact protection. As a result, automakers say hood lines will rise by about 2.75 inches to provide an ample crush zone above the hard parts, like engines and suspension mounts. At the same time, the leading edge of the hood must be at least 5.9 inches ahead of the nearest hard point, such as the radiator or engine. The first rule will hurt sports car styling; the second will radically alter SUV front ends.
The ideal role model is the slope-nosed, small minivan look of the Mercedes A-Class or the Euro Honda Civic hatchback. Not encouraging if you like your sports cars low and mean or your SUVs imposing and tall.