We’re undoubtedly residing in an fascinating time for the automotive trade. In addition to tons of cash being invested into electrification, infrastructure, and new bespoke platforms, there’s one other development that is sweeping your entire trade by storm; crossovers. Put bluntly, there’s principally not a single automaker for the time being that does not make a crossover of some sort. Some have a couple of, and a few have far too many to truly rely.
That is all nicely and high quality. Regardless that most fanatics aren’t significantly… nicely, enthusiastic in regards to the countless swarm of crossovers, they’re what sells for the time being, so it is just about unavoidable. The place issues actually begin to spark dialogue and outrage is when automakers rework iconic nameplates, often discovered on the again of regular vehicles and even efficiency vehicles, on crossovers. Now positive, there are some efficiency crossovers we might purchase over some efficiency vehicles, however nonetheless, we will already hear the pitchforks…
10 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
If placing legacy nameplates on crossovers was a cult, this automobile can be the cult chief. Launched in 2017 as a supposed substitute to the ASX, as they’re each in the very same class and are principally the identical dimension, the Eclipse Cross clearly wears the identify of one in every of Mitsubishi’s most iconic efficiency vehicles of the 90s and 2000s.
Usually, we’d gloss over the truth that it is a crossover if it was any good, nevertheless it actually is not. It did not change the ASX, as Mitsubishi might be readying a 57th facelift for that automobile, and it is outdated and never all that well-made. It does have just a few good options, although. If you are going to put on such a status badge, at the least attempt to honor it just a bit bit.
9 Ford Puma
The most recent Ford Puma has an equivalent story to the aforementioned Eclipse Cross. The Ford Puma was a small FWD sports activities coupe offered by Ford Europe within the late 90s and early 2000s. That automobile has a reasonably loyal following as of late, so there was undoubtedly pleasure when Ford introduced the return of the nameplate.
Then they revealed the crushing disappointment; it could be a compact crossover primarily based on the Fiesta. Happily, not like the Eclipse Cross, the brand new Puma is definitely actually good. It inherits all of the Fiesta’s greatest qualities in a extra interesting crossover package deal. There’s additionally the Puma ST, which is roughly 10 occasions higher than any small crossover has any proper to be, and naturally, the Puma’s upcoming stint within the WRC.
8 Chevrolet Blazer
Basic Motors’ poor decision-making is clear, probably most of all, proper right here. The Chevrolet Blazer returned in 2019… as a crossover with basically the identical dimensions because the Equinox. There may be nothing fallacious with Chevy’s gross sales pitch right here, as they’re touting the Blazer because the crossover model of the Camaro.
Nonetheless, on this planet of Chevy, Blazer means one thing completely totally different. A rough-and-tough body-on-frame SUV designed to utterly destroy off-road programs. With how a lot the off-road SUV market is exploding for the time being and with the return of legends just like the Land Rover Defender and Ford Bronco, Chevy undoubtedly missed a chance right here.
7 Citroën C5 X
For 16 years, Citroën’s reply to mid-size household sedans, or the D-segment in Europe, was the C5. The 2001 mannequin bought off to a considerably rocky begin, however the second technology launched in 2007 confirmed that Citroën wasn’t to be taken as a joke. Now, just a few years after the outdated C5 went out of manufacturing, the nameplate is again.
Reality be instructed, this isn’t even a crossover SUV, however reasonably a crossover of a number of segments. It has the high-riding properties of an SUV, the size of a sedan, however the rear-end styling and added practicality of a station wagon. Fortunately, Citroën did a implausible job right here, and we’re undoubtedly curious to see how the brand new C5 X does.
6 Citroën C4
It looks like Citroën has a penchant for this kind of factor. The C4 was launched within the mid-2000s as a competitor to the VW Golf and Honda Civic. For essentially the most half, it did a stable job, regardless that it struggled in some areas. For 2020, Citroën revived the C4 nameplate, however this time, they put it on a coupe-ified crossover.
Regardless that the styling might not recommend it, the C4 continues to be very a lot a competitor to the VW Golf and Honda Civic, it simply occurs to do issues a bit in another way. Then once more, that is the way in which Citroën has at all times executed issues, so it is no shock. If consolation is high in your precedence record for a brand new hatchback, it is powerful to argue with this one.
5 Renault Megane
Renault’s humble Megane has at all times executed a implausible job of offering the C-segment purchaser with just about all the pieces they want for a extra reasonably priced worth, at the least when in comparison with the competitors. The gasoline-powered Megane is making ready for the historical past books, as the most recent one is not only a crossover, it is an electrical crossover.
In a stunning transfer, the Renault Megane has now gone totally electrical, and fairly quickly, you will not have the ability to purchase the gas-powered model anymore. With a bespoke platform and fairly appreciable vary numbers, the Megane E-Tech appears to have a vivid future forward of it.
4 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Today, it’s normal for brand new vehicles to be hit with criticism, due to a wide range of totally different causes. The uproar brought on by the Mustang identify showing on an electrical crossover undoubtedly upset some individuals, to say the least.
At its core, the Mustang Mach-E is simply an electrical crossover, however one which goals to channel the common Mustang’s DNA in its driving dynamics and efficiency, regardless that the 2 are completely disparate. Regardless that individuals have been upset at first, they realized that Ford did a implausible job, because the Mustang Mach-E is without doubt one of the most full EVs in the marketplace proper now, proper right down to channeling that DNA.
3 Opel / Vauxhall Insignia
Now we’re entering into the “will probably be” class. Since 2017, the Insignia has been Opel / Vauxhall’s D-segment providing all throughout Europe. In an period of crossovers and extra crossovers, it is good that this automaker is providing a conventional sedan and station wagon.
Nonetheless, this technology of Insignia shouldn’t be too lengthy for this world. In the intervening time, it is the one Opel mannequin that makes use of GM underpinnings, regardless that the automaker is now beneath the Stellantis umbrella. Rumor has it, it is going to return in 2024 as a high-riding crossover, not not like the Citroën C5 X on which will probably be primarily based.
2 Toyota Crown
Most westerners in all probability aren’t aware of the Toyota Crown. For the longest time, Toyota has been providing luxurious fashions in Japan, even earlier than Lexus turned a factor, and the Crown is simply a type of names that caught.
The closest approximation to the Crown can be the Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6, BMW 5 Sequence, and so forth. For nearly all of its life, it has been a conventional three-box sedan, however that appears to be altering. In line with latest patent leaks, the subsequent Crown will stay a sedan, however it is going to even be a high-rider with black plastic cladding. That is one in every of many thrilling fashions that Toyota is already bringing to market this yr.
1 Jeep Cherokee
In contrast to the others, this one is blurring the traces a bit. The Jeep Cherokee nameplate has been round for many years, and the technology that everybody is aware of the identify for, the XJ, truly used a unibody building. In that regard, the XJ Cherokee was a crossover means earlier than crossovers have been a factor.
However nonetheless, the unique Cherokee was far more utilitarian and rugged, to not point out extremely easy in its design. The brand new one has gone all tender and crossover-y. Not essentially a nasty factor, however actually a special factor in comparison with the XJ mannequin, which everybody nonetheless loves dearly.