Originally Posted by mick78
I did suggest it looks like a proper CUV, not a lifted hatch (like teh current V40 XC), not that one is better than the other. But whilst the "slightly lifted and cladded" hatchbacks are popular, proper CUVs - which also includes the elevated seating position that these things are popular for, next to their design - are even more popular.
And ultimately the customers decide what is best for them, there are actually very few petrol heads who give value the same priorities as car reviewers, priorities like cornering, steering feel or the ultimately polished ride etc. over more subjective qualities like design, image or the mentioned elevated "command seating position", that gives them e a feeling of safety and driving a bigger car compared to your standard C-segment hatchback.
I completely agree.
Plus in Europe and Canada the average age of the population is OVER 40..... and I would suggest (although I have no statistics to back it up) that the majority of private car sales come from that age group in those regions ..... so why would they not buy a vehicle that's easier to get in and out of, easier for an older person to put Grandchildren in the back of. Easier to see out of - when you have lower mobility.
Its a no-brainer.
I also think amongst the Russian Dolls approach of the VAG group to CUV's this will stand out (with the Jaguar E-Pace) and will do very well indeed.
I really like it..... and if they can get the Plug-in out in the market for a sensible price they could really cash in on the very negative (and unwarranted regarding EU6 - in my opinion) Diesel feeling here in the UK (not sure if there is the same feeling in the rest of Europe).
BTW does any one know where this will be built?