On one hand, the now-failed Subaru Legacy/Baja is something of a prototype for this -Jeepophile said:How about a "shorter-wheelbase", 4-door, 4 (to5?)-seater with a shorter bed of effectively 5 to 6 feet counted with the (stout) tailgate open, on the CUSW platform in 2 and 4WD? A "Lifestyle" pickup for Millenials et al? I guess you'd have to be more conservative on loads and towing with default front WD, but maybe that'd help with MPGs, and maybe such a current and future demand segment calls for lower cargo and towing weights, anyway (but still would like to carry some things in a bed sometimes)?
I'm on the fence, actually.tazdevil said:Two of the very popular small truck types from the past were the El Camino and Ranchero. It occurs to me that that size and body style might warrant serious consideration for the next Dakota type. Whatacha think? Got t be rear drive for stability, though.
Right; and aren't there bed extenders? I don't know what to call them, tubing arrangements which hinge just inside the back gate (tailgate? bed door?)Jeepophile said:Though it looks like my riding days are over, two of my dirtbikes (250cc class) are just under 6 feet from the front of the front tire to the back end of the rear tire base, the relevant length for carying them in a truck bed; my other dirtbike is even shorter. I haven't done a market study on all dirtbikes, but 6.5 feet could handle most all of them. I wouldn't expect to carry more than two bikes at a time in such a small truck; many riders carry only one bike---mounting it diagonally in the bed---which reduces the needed bed length significantly. I don't think such a truck would be intended to carry e.g., a Harley.
BTW, Aussies inspired us with their utes, giving rise to the Ranchero in the 1950s.
I doubt it. None of the small pickups sell well. If you go back to 2001, the Ford Ranger alone outsold all the small trucks (Toyota. Nissan, Ford, Chevy/GMC) added together in 2012. The market has changed. It's a market I wish the Dakota was still active in but I guess I'm one of a shrinking number.White Hot Charger said:
Refresh the 2002-2004 Dakota. Put the 3.6L V6 + 8-speed and the 8.4" radios and it's perfect IMOWhite Hot Charger said:
I once owned a long-bed Dodge D50. Bare-bones but had A/C ... 'twas nice.White Hot Charger said:
Exactly. Not sure about the "grandpa-like" looks, my 17 year old daughter loves driving her PT Cruiser and her friends love it to boot.Stratuscaster said:(FWIW, PT Cruiser didn't create a new segment - tall wagons like the Mitsubishi Expo/Eagle Summit/Plymouth Colt Vista and the Nissan Axxess were already in play. PT Cruiser simply wrapped it in a cool-looking design that, according to some today, now makes it "grandpa-like" and "embarrassing to be seen in." )