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Subaru Baja

rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
Was just announced at the Detroit Auto Show yesterday. Here's the link to the Subaru Baja site:

http://www.subarubaja.com/index.html


There has been also a large discussion going on over at the "Subaru Crew" over at the "Owner's Clubs," especially in the "Future Models" section.

Bob

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Comments

  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    I think that the Baja is a major disappointment and is likely to prove a major mistake if left in it's present form. Ugly, much to much rear overhang and under powered.

    Ross
  • But now I'm pretty disappointed to say the least, No Dual Range tranny, No H-6, No switchback (a pass through doesn't qualify in my world). Doesn't look like there will be an increase in towing capacity either. The lack of a dual range was the real kicker for me though. Style wise I like it, Over hang is a bit much but thats what I expected from a lenghthend Legacy, I'll keep my Forester until something with more utility comes along (for me thats Dual Range, and maybe some more clearance, and power)

    I'd be interested in driving one though.

    Stephen
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    More power and cleaning up the cladding. I agree a true switchback system would be nice but I don't think it's absolutely necessary for success if the first two items are taken care of. Of course this is just IMHO. :-)

    Stephen
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    The Ford Explorer Sport Trac as the Baja's most direct competitor, in that they are both "lifestyle" pickups. However, the approach to appealing to this "lifestyle audience" couldn't be more different.

    The Sport Trac is pure truck, and built off the Ranger Extended Cab platform. They both share the same wheelbase. They also share the same old fashioned part-time 4WD, which does have a low range. It comes with all the virtues and vices that one would assume, coming from a truck platform.

    The same can be said of the Baja, but in reverse, as it comes from a car platform.

    The Sport Trac has, to date, found a good audience. It will be interesting to see how the public, and Sport Trac crowd, will react to the Baja.

    Bob
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    if Subaru will offer a hard bed cover that will lock, and/or a bed cap?

    Bob
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I know you can get Nudge Bars and protective bars for the Baja at http://www.ecb-usa.com :) At least in that respect it can be somewhat truck-like.


    -mike

  • odd1odd1 Posts: 226
    ..as I have seen it called elsewhere; OutBrat.
  • hondafriekhondafriek Ottawa CanadaPosts: 2,924
    Why the hell all the manufacturers are adding that ugly cladding at the minute, IE. Volvo on the cross country audi on the allroad,subaru on the Baja.

    My wife took one look and said ugly and I am inclined to agree, almost as butt ugly as the aztek, I think subaru has missed the boat here.

    Cheers Pat.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I have *some* cladding on my trooper but not a whole lot and since its mono-tone it isn't even noticeable. Monotone would go a long way to make the cladding not stick out so much.

    -mike
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    it would be monochromatic, as that is the color of the cladding.

    If you go into the web site, it shows you color swatches. When you click on each color swatch, the picture of the vehicle changes color.

    Bob
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    if it has a full-size spare like the Forester, or a donut like the Outback? There certainly should be room for a full-size spare, and I hope that's what it has.

    Bob
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    And silver rocks! :)

    -mike
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    appear to be from the Outback Sport.

    Bob
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Class I towing. :(

    On the web site, they mention a Class I tow hitch. Bummer... but as expected.

    Bob
  • bkaiser1bkaiser1 Posts: 464
    What a mess! Why do auto stylists feel the need to tack on so much crap to a clean design? The cladding on my 01 Outback was almost bad enough to keep me from buying it, and the Baja is flat disgusting. Some things are just not meant to be, and this is one of them. The overhangs on the Outback are already so long that they scrape on everything offroad, and it looks like the Baja might even have a longer rear overhang. To me, the Explorer SportTrac is much better in execution than this (even though I wouldn't buy one with my own money). I love my subaru, but I'd rather see Subaru focus their efforts on bringing the H6 to a wider (and cheaper) range with a manual transmission rather than the Baja mess. Just my reaction...
  • meth1meth1 Posts: 4
    I just bought a new Forester and am now thinking I'll replace my Toyota truck this summer. The Baja would have been a top choice if it hadn't come out so ugly. I bet you can't put a half ton of bricks in the back either. What were they thinking?
  • mrk610mrk610 Posts: 378
    What were they thinking . Atleast put the h6 in there or the 2.0turbo . I think they are going to be dissappointed.

    mike k
  • here is a link to The Car Connection on the Detroit intro of the Baja


    http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=4539&sid=176&n=156

    They mention a 3.5 liter boxer 6.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's a typo, they meant to say 2.5l Boxer Engine.

    -mike
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