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Mopar Designer Humorously Finds the Perfect Fit for BMW's New Kidney Grille - a CGI Truck

Today, there's a humongous debate around AI's good or bad use and how it potentially impacts all layers of modern life. And the conundrum has already reached the automotive industry, too.
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Some are running amok, crying their undying outrage at the hypothetical and practical loss of human jobs; others lament that some artistic expressions will never be the same anymore, and so forth. However, most professionals are taking it lightly and trying to adjust and adapt to the new AI reality.

That is also valid in the automotive field, even if we are not only talking about the real world but also about the imaginative realm of digital car content creators. But there is no need to take our word for granted because we have an excellent little example that involves a former independent virtual artist.

Mo Ismail was previously one of the many freelance pixel masters who were trying to make our automotive world a little better – even if he had to transfix us into the parallel universes of vehicular CGI. Oh, and back then, he was known as moaoun_moaoun on social media. Not long ago, though, his career changed forever.

That is because he is now a Creative Designer at Jeep, Chrysler, and Ram Trucks for Stellantis North America – and his new nickname is mo_aoun_ismail to represent his unique style better. However, luckily, he is not forced to only talk about Mopar stuff, even if he loves treating his fans to his Jeep passion from time to time.

Instead, the CGI expert recently decided to fiddle with a couple of automotive software tools - Gravity Sketch (a 3D sketching and design software) plus Vizcom, which also incorporates native AI tools in the app. Humorously enough, he didn't set on a Mopar discovery journey, even though he focused on a couple of 4x4/off-road-oriented vehicles.

Instead, the author summoned his BMW ideas and rocked the world of those who think that the company's double-coffin vertical kidney grille is impossible to use on any vehicle with a BMW pickup truck design project that looks spot on precisely because of the use of the double-bean styling. Even better, the BMW pickup truck looks like something that wouldn't stand proud next to the failed Mercedes-Benz X-Class but rather alongside a dune-bashing and rock-crawling Jeep Gladiator or Ford Raptor.

Secondly, he also rendered with Gravity Sketch and Vizcom, then smoothed things over in Photoshop the project of a BMW M dune buggy/rally raid racer. It sure looks much more futuristic than the BMW pickup truck and probably ditches ICE power in favor of an EV lifestyle, if we are not mistaken to believe the LED-infused kidney grille is closed off. All in all, it's not a bad BMW effort from a Mopar designer, right?





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About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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