The Pontiac Aztek is undoubtedly one of the most notorious vehicles to come out of General Motors in quite some time. Produced between 2000 and 2005, the Aztek was a competent, practical crossover, but most folks know it solely for its unique styling and design. Which begs the question – what would a modern Pontiac Aztek look like?
To find out, wb.artist20 created a new digital rendering, taking styling cues from the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer and adding a dash of Pontiac Aztek inspiration to the mix.
“Killed two birds with one stone with this one,” writes wb.artist20 on his official Instagram feed (@wb.artist20). “I modernized the Pontiac Aztec but also depicts [sic] what I’ve thought all along; that the Trailblazer is reminiscent of the Aztec IMO!”
While the similarities between these two crossovers are debatable, wb.artist20 definitely does a great job incorporating the old-school Pontiac Aztek styling cues on the modern Chevy body. The biggest differences are in front, where the multi-tiered Trailblazer fascia was revamped to include a more Aztek-ish grille treatment, lighting features, and badging.
However, the artist did more than just tweak the front end to make it resemble the Aztek. There are several updates for the rest of the body as well, as seen around the rear of the rendering, where an extra corner window was added and the hatch was extended.
Truth be told, this modernized Pontiac Aztek rendering doesn’t look too shabby. While the original Aztek was utterly skewered for its unconventional styling, this contemporary take might have what is needed to change a few minds. Perhaps the Aztek didn’t get a fair shake the first time around, or maybe the public’s tastes have changed. Or maybe the artist’s skills are what really deserve the praise here.
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🧐 Killed 2 birds with one stone with this one!🐦🐦 I modernized the Pontiac Aztec but also depicts what I’ve thought all along; that the Trailblazer is reminiscent of the Aztec IMO! Please don’t cal this a “face swap” as that is not what I did. Let me know what y’all think! • • • • • #pontiacaztek #pontiac #aztec #trailblazer #blazer #chevrolet #generalmotors #redesign #modernize #cardesigncommunity #explorepage #render #rendering #cardesign
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