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Old 08-24-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Whats the deal with 2013 Grilles?

Walking around killing some time at the dealer, I noticed some odd things going on with the grilles on new Imprezas. They now have a very chintzy looking semi-flat silver. Some just have the silver surround, and some also have the silver "wings".
I can't help but think that this looks a little cheap. Couldn't they have just a black grille or a chrome grille? Just seems an odd change to me.

heres one with silver surround/ chrome center
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:43 AM   #2
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heres a SWP one with no chrome/all silver
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #3
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... and then I came across this thing-

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:14 AM   #4
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Walking around killing some time at the dealer, I noticed some odd things going on with the grilles on new Imprezas. They now have a very chintzy looking semi-flat silver. Some just have the silver surround, and some also have the silver "wings".
I can't help but think that this looks a little cheap. Couldn't they have just a black grille or a chrome grille? Just seems an odd change to me.

heres one with silver surround/ chrome center
All the limited models have that grill, they have chrome fog light bezels, and something else I can't remember. This hasn't changed from the '12 models
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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my friends Premium has it.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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That's why you have to go with the mesh grille. Love mine

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Old 08-25-2013, 04:58 PM   #7
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That's why you have to go with the mesh grille. Love mine
That grill looks so much better than the chrome. I've been thinking of getting the mesh grill, not a fan of chrome.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:45 PM   #8
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my friends Premium has it.
interesting, the chrome grills were only supposed to come on the Limited trim models.

do the exterior door handles have chrome on them too? (that is also a limited only item)
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:56 PM   #9
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nope. Hers has the silver outer edge and chrome "wings".
The doors dont have the chrome strip. I wouldn't want the door handle chrome, or any for that matter.
I just wonder why every car gets the gray/silver instead of black.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:37 PM   #10
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My '13 sport premium is all silver with only chrome emblem trim. My niece has a '13 base and hers is silver with chrome wings and emblem. So base had more chrome than the SP. I'm ok with it tho, I'd rather the limited color matched grill. 5 years ago I thought, " chrome would get you home". Now I much prefer either painted trim and wheels, or just matte black everything.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #11
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My 2012 Sport had the bumper replaced after a deer collision and they put the chrome wings on it (as well as the chrome fog light borders). They seem to snap right off though so they could easily be painted.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:48 AM   #12
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IIRC, the '12 Premium did not have the chrome wings. For '13 the Premium does. Fogs are chrome on the Limited, but if you buy the kit, you get the chrome ring around the fogs. Otherwise, nothing else chrome on the Premium unless you added it.

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Old 08-27-2013, 06:52 AM   #13
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... and then I came across this thing-

Do you have more shots of that? I saw a car show where a custom shop in Cali did a "Tron" car out of an Audi R8 for the owner of Monster Cable. Pretty impressive when they finished it. It is an interesting process how they apply the chrome. Kind of a paint process actually. Don't know that I would want one, but it does attract attention.

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Old 08-27-2013, 07:51 AM   #14
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IIRC, the '12 Premium did not have the chrome wings. For '13 the Premium does. Fogs are chrome on the Limited, but if you buy the kit, you get the chrome ring around the fogs. Otherwise, nothing else chrome on the Premium unless you added it.

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My 12 Premium had the chome "wings".
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:52 AM   #15
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:53 AM   #16
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #17
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:55 AM   #18
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I can't say I'm at all a fan of it. In person every little imperfection is amplified. Looks better in pics.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:26 AM   #19
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That's probably a vinyl wrap, not paint.

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Sport grilles are all silver, All other grilles have chrome wings.

That BRZ is pretty cool as a showpiece, I wouldn't buy something like that but its still pretty awesome.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:31 AM   #21
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Its definitely a wrap.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:48 AM   #22
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I wonder if that's the one in the Cheetos commercial, the one right at the end.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:34 PM   #23
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My 12 Premium had the chome "wings".
Ah, ok.

Found a vid on the paint (plating) process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V_2dhklg4E

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Old 08-28-2013, 01:14 AM   #24
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I have the base which has black surround and the matte silver wings (not chrome). At first I thought it looked a bit cheap but now I'm glad it's black and silver. I really do not like chrome and I don't think it makes cars look more expensive. I'd rather have the more understated look and the black matches the other parts of the car better.

Here's mine:

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:15 AM   #25
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Your Impreza is CADM so theres more differences then just the grille to USDM Imprezas. For example the USDM base has unpainted mirrors.

I would actually prefer your grille too.

and sweet wheels.
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