'19 Buick Enclave
'07 Dodge Magnum SRT-8
'19 Mazda 6
What if they changed the standard engine to 2.5L Naturally Aspirated, then made a V-Series with the 3.6L V6, would that work?
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Past: '17 Cruze; '15 F150; '14 Volt; '13 MKX; '13 Silverado; '13 Fusion; '11 Ram; '10 Commander; '08 Sierra; '07 Rendezvous; '05 Ram; '04 Grand Cherokee; '03 F150; '01 Silverado; '00 Jimmy; '99 Sierra; '97 Ram; '96 Mustang GT; '96 Jimmy; '90 Escort GT; '89 Ranger; '84 Omni; '76 Malibu; '78 LeMans; '85 Escort; '82 Lynx; '75 Sierra
All of the justifying of the lack of a performance CUV from GM is odd. The Explorer Sport is a FWD/AWD CUV that has been immensely successful. No, it doesn't handle like a sports car, and yes, it does push in hard cornering. However, compared to the masses, the handling is very competent and it is downright fast in a straight line................. especially for a 4800-4900lb brick. I believe appx 15-20% of Explorers sold were Sports. The engine package was so successful that they added a Platinum trim which was more about the luxury, but still included the power.
A sporty FWD CUV doesn't have to handle like a Vette to be successful. However, everyone loves the extra power when there really is little penalty to have it. This is why one of the more common vehicles traded in on a Sport was a BMW X5................ ridicule me if you wish, but I know someone locally who did just that after seeing our Sport. They were sick of the BMW's maintenance and repairs, and the Explorer was less expensive, and had more room.
BTW, 110K miles on mine. It has been very reliable, and I plan on driving the wheels off of it. Will be getting upgraded rotors / pads as warped rotors are all too common with all vehicles these days, and mine has it. Also, will be looking at improved rear shocks, as that is the next thing I will need. We upgraded the shocks on the F250 and it made a huge difference (stock shocks suck and wear out fast).
I think GM is missing out. Yes, you can sell every boring CUV you make............. but that doesn't elicit passion in the brand, nor loyalty. A performance version can do that. I guess GM is happy to let Dodge and Ford have all of that business.
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