Famous crossovers/SUVs from every country around the world
As bland as the crossover is, it’s the new family sedan. Every car manufacturer in every country builds one.
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Crosses. The dullest vehicle in the world. A car with the charisma of a blackboard. All automotive purists hate them. Damn, Mitsubishi – for turning the iconic Eclipse into a boring grocery store. Damn, Ford – for selling a generic midsize electric crossover with no personality as a Mustang. Damn it, Chevy – for bringing the Blazer back as an uninspiring piece of mid-size junk. Damn you…
Everyone crosses over. Look at Ferrari: they hated the SUV concept. And then, anything to finance the F1 team…
Lotus, an iconic British manufacturer known for its lightweight sports cars (and continued use of Toyota engines) is unveiling an… electric crossover as the brand’s future?
And then there’s Mitsubishi, which ditched the iconic Pajero just to focus on selling soccer mom SUVs. Then again, with the new ASX being just a lazy rebadge of a Renault Captur, maybe they too hate SUVs. Or maybe they just hate selling cars. Back to air conditioners, I guess.
As bland as the crossover is, it’s the new family sedan. Every car manufacturer in every country builds one. Some of them are not so boring. Some of them are generic upcycled and upcycled “car breads”. Anyway, let’s get started.
I want to present the most “unique” crossover in each country. Thus, an uninteresting equinox or compass will not be displayed here. I prefer to show something more interesting – the Ford Evos.
But it’s not technically American, you say. It’s China-only at the moment and won’t be coming to North America.
Well, what would you rather I show? The Escape Hybrid?
The EVOS is a unique combination of sedan, wagon and crossover. It’s certainly one of the most interesting cars Ford has launched in recent years (Mach-E, anyone?) and looks like a Mondeo for bad roads. The EVOS is produced by the Chang’an Ford joint venture and features a massive in-dash touchscreen inside that spans the entire dashboard. The “hate screen” crowd probably won’t appreciate this one.
It would probably have been a nice car in the Indian market. Or it could have been the next Chevrolet Sail, but let’s try to stay positive. If only…
Unfortunately, Brazilian automakers are few and far behind these days. However, an honorable mention to the Fiat Fastback, a South American-only fastback crossover developed by a not-so-South American company. Decent thing, that.
The rest of the Americas…?
Wow, that was short.
The British public buys a lot of crossovers. And many British companies make British crossovers for the pleasure of the British. Which of these, however, is the most “typically British” crossover?
One of the new Range Rover models? Proud Tata fans won’t let me call it British, so don’t get canceled on Twitter…
Lotus Elite? Proud Geely fans won’t let me call it British, so let’s not get canceled on Weibo…
MG ZS? It’s not a roadster, but it’s kind of a quintessential MG. It’s an affordable ‘thing’ that doesn’t have much in terms of ‘wow factor’, but hey, it works and looks decent. Ah, but SAIC owns them…
Bentley Bentayga? Rolls Royce Cullinan? No, one is a glorified Touareg and the other is specially made for a Qatari oil baron.
All of that leaves us with the Aston Martin DBX. Some readers will obnoxiously note that Geely recently took a 10% stake in Aston Martin. To all those readers, don’t worry, I know. Now close your piehole, as Debbie, 83, from Essex would say.
It’s a crossover that crumpet enthusiasts will proudly approve of. The only crossover Bond would consider driving when he doesn’t want to give the DBS to the valet. It’s elegant, it’s luxurious. And depending on the version, it’s also fast (the crazy DBX 707 comes to mind) – perfect for anyone who needs a car that can drive while sipping your cup of tea.
Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic
A quick series of VAG fast crossovers:
Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT – a ridiculously beautiful fast crossover with a twin-turbo V8 that develops 630 hp and allows the German beast to go from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds.
Cupra Formentor – SEAT’s version of the performance crossover, the Formentor is the first vehicle designed specifically for the Cupra brand. You might be tempted to say it looks a bit like an MG ZS with a different body kit, but crossovers have truly become that generic these days.
Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV – essentially an Octavia RS on steroids, this fastback crossover offers pretty good electric power and torque combined with a simply smart design. Honestly, all of this makes me want Skoda to make an ICE-powered Kodiaq VRS. But hey, the trees need to be saved.
Much like the previously featured Ford Evos, the Citroën C5 X is a unique combo of a sedan, wagon and crossover. This time, however, the C5X is actually sold in its home market (unlike the EVOS) and dare I say the Citroën looks better. Well done, my wand-biting brothers.
The C5X also comes with a PHEV variant and is Citroën’s flagship. No wonder France is the birthplace of fashion.
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