I was thinking more on the lines that a crossover combines the benefits of a body on frame design with those of a unibody construction, producing a relatively light weight vehicle that performs like a car on road, without sacrificing off road capabilities.gr8 said:isnt that the perfect definition of a crossover?
Is there something wrong with a little exaggeration?dragin said:Really? What (frameless) unibody crossover, or other vehicle, can perform like a Hummer or other true SUV, offroad?
Just to make sure, the Audi Q7, the Porsche Cheyenne, and the Volkswagen Tourag are classified as crossovers, right? Even though the Porsche Cheyenne could perform well on the track and off road, its major handicap has always been its weight. This weight, caused by the chassis reinforcing and off road equipment, brings up the vehicle cost, increases fuel consumption, and hinders performance. With the majority of the SUV market only driving on road, a tall station wagon with all wheel drive is probably the best compromise. So in reality the majority of the Porsche Cheyenne's and Volkswagen Tourag's customer base has just purchased an off road vehicle that they will never use, while still having to pay for its shortcomings.dragin said:Maybe there's something to what DOS you say.... I must admit I need to take a closer look. But I'm skeptical about how much flex can occur on those unibodies before cracking.
Nowadays with crossovers on the rise, the crossover-SUV-MPV distinction has become blurred. Does someone have a definition that might help?
I find that some of the crossovers look like high riding, glorified station wagons from the 60s.
You have a very good point, but because most people cannot afford a large car collection, we now have a great collection of high performance passenger cars. If it wasn't for tentativeness we would not have cars like the BMW M5 and X5, the Audi RS6 and Q7, and American cars such as the Dodge Magnum SRT8 and Dodge Ram SRT10.fightingtorque said:the moral of the story is that everybody needs a collection of cars, rather than just one car. just like you have different clothes for summer and winter, work and play, you need different cars. only difference is it costs more and takes up more space.
how do you know, do you own the new crossover??, have you seen or drive the car in person??RCtennis3811 said:Except the quality won't be as good nor will it have the features that those vehicle have which have drawn customers to them in the first place.