The Problem With 'Murdered Out' Special Editions

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There is something simple that is very distracting and annoying and arguably wrong about this new special edition GMC Terrain “Nightfall” special edition. Can you spot it?

It’s the dumb, distracting, ugly chrome strip around the windows that they forgot to black out. This is a problem on a couple of these new “murdered out” special edition SUVs we’ve been getting. Look, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude Edition did it too (as pointed out by Foxtrot Alpha’s Tyler Rogoway):


The dumb little chrome strip. Okay, to be fair, I think it’s maybe fine on the Grand Cherokee because it highlights the entire greenhouse on the side profile. But on the Terrain? It looks dumb. How expensive could a little bit of black polish be for that trim piece?

Jeep also got the color wrong on the other Cherokee’s Altitude Edition. Grey is in fact not black, though they got everything else right and it still does look cool:

Fortunately some automakers have done it right. Ironically, Jeep did it right on the Renegade Dawn of Justice murdered out special, but not on the Grand Cherokee or Cherokee. Chevy’s “Midnight” special editions on the Silverado and Colorado also properly blacked everything out.

It’s not hard. It is a little annoying.