Yes, that's EXACTLY what they are for. This is the new trend for vehicles with the GDi engine from all manufacturers. As far as I know the 2020 Ford Explorer was the first one out with this "feature" to avoid the exhaust soot on the rear bumper/exhaust surrounds. And the Explorer is actually blatant about it where they have actual fake exhaust pipes sticking out the rear and you can see the welded in plates to stop the flow but underneath are the holes, down turned for the real exhaust flow.
I hope the attached picture works well enough to see.
2014 SXL, only mods are after market rims due to recall.
Last edited by onlyjeeps; 02-13-2020 at 08:25 AM.