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Where's my Vehicle?
To start, I am a 35 year old family man with two young boys and a wife. Family vehicle choices have been improving, but there isn't anything out there that is my perfect vehicle.
What I would like to see is along the lines of the new (to U.S.A.) microvans, but supersized. At first, it sound kind of dumb, don't I just mean a minivan? How about any number of SUV's?
To me though, it would be a hybrid of these two packaging designs. The best examples I can think of right now is the Volvo XC90 and the Pacifica. However, the Volvo is too SUV'ish while the Chrysler is way to minivan'ish.
The two box shape of the new microvans is a good start. The space efficiency of this design is fantastic. Use a rigid sedan chassis and suspension for good road manners. Have a wide track for stability and spaciousness. Be long enough to accommodate a third row that has ample crush zone behind it. Ceiling height tall enough to feel comfortable, but not feel like an auditorium.
Second and third row seats fold completely into and flush with the floor. They each have 60/40 split, and the front passenger seat folds down.
With the wide and tall 2nd box, here is where I leave the beaten path. My idea is to use cargo doors for exceptionally easy access to 2nd and 3rd row seating. The Honda Element and any number of new quad coupe designs are showing this can be a safe and practical design.
To conclude, up to the date safety features for braking, steering and crashing. But no overload on the options. This car should MAX OUT at $30k, not start there.
So what do you think? Is this a new segment buster (are you listening DC?), or just plain dumb. How about you? If you could design something to fit your needs, what would it look like and how would it function?