BMW to start building sportvans
[Source: Motor Trend via Topspeed]
These vehicles are aligned with the European "people mover" design ethos, as oppposed to the minivan convention here in the US. Both have their place, and we'd love to get some cool, fun-driving people movers over here. There's no need to make the step-in height ridiculous, as it is with some SUVs, in an attempt to lend "off-road" cred to a vehicle that will never see terrain rougher than a Scout camp parking lot. A nice, carlike entry and egress with comfortable, slightly higher seating positions and plenty of passenger space would be a good trend to start. Lower heights would equal a lower center of gravity, always welcome for those of us who like to occasionally overcook exit ramps. With the Roundel on the nose, you can be sure that the suspension engineers are making it behave in a familial manner, and they must be happy about removing any trucky pretenses from the platform, as well. Even if it costs as much as the Mercedes R-Class, it'll likely have far more joie de vivre, and hopefully it pushes other manufacturers to flood to the practicality of this form-factor.
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