Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

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    Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    Im talking about the Subaru Outback and the Volvo XC70 CrossCountry that started this trend a decade ago. Since then Audi has come out with a A6 dervived Allroad and now a new one from the A4. Also Saab is really late to the game with its 9-3x. I dont get the purpose of this segment, they sell really well in snowy areas but with Volvos new XC60, the Audi Q5 and the yet to be unveiled Saab 9-4x, why do these cars exist?





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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    When is a wagon not a wagon? When it has chunky tires and skirting, of course! Now it's a CUV.
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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    People want to get away from anything with a "UV" in it because it hurts their green image.

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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    I thought this might have been about the 80 Overlanders Holden made in 1978, or Holden's Adventura (hundreds made from '03 - '06). The Overlanders came with 5.0L V8 (the tuff all Aussie 308) and get-out-and-lock-the-hubs 4WD, and the Adventuras came with AWD and the Gen III 5.7L (LS1).

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    Overlanders are cool, but the Adventura was booorrrrriiiiiing IMHO. The AWD system was better used in the Coupe 4 (http://memimage.cardomain.com/member...6_116_full.jpg). Pity Holden have barely used / refined their AWD system.
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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    My Forester has body color painted cladding. It protects the bottom portions of the doors from being dented when off roading
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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    My Forester has body color painted cladding. It protects the bottom portions of the doors from being dented when off roading
    Well besides you, ya wonder how many suburban yuppies go off roading in those things
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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    The XC70 and Audi Allroad are the only raised wagons with black cladding - I would be hard-pressed to call that a trend.

    The Outback has painted cladding and who knows if there will be any more Saabs.
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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    I remember, way back in my childhood, some 15 years ago somebody on my street had one of those Eagle wagon-things. Theirs was a slightly yellowish color with wood panels on the side. It was the most bizarre looking thing ever.

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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    I thought about getting an Eagle as a boat tower and runabout for the cottage. Rated for 3500 lbs.

    But yeah, as pointed out, Subaru's have been body color or two toned
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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    Quote Originally Posted by escapen View Post
    Well besides you, ya wonder how many suburban yuppies go off roading in those things
    keep in mind most those wagons are based on run of the mill family sedans...my Forester is based on the Impreza, a world class, championship winning off roader
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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrickTamland View Post
    The XC70 and Audi Allroad are the only raised wagons with black cladding - I would be hard-pressed to call that a trend.
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    Seriously, are you daft?

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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    Wagons have to meet CAFE standards. CUV's and SUV's are in the truck class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jry View Post
    Wagons have to meet CAFE standards. CUV's and SUV's are in the truck class.
    One can only hope that loophole is closed once and for all
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    Re: Whats with all the raised wagons and black body cladding?

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    keep in mind most those wagons are based on run of the mill family sedans...my Forester is based on the Impreza, a world class, championship winning off roader
    Well, the Impreza is... but on the rally circuit.

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