#3 of 2213 I Was Pretty hyped to see this vehicle
Jan 08, 2002 (10:12 am)
But now I'm pretty disappointed to say the least, No Dual Range tranny, No H-6, No switchback (a pass through doesn't qualify in my world). Doesn't look like there will be an increase in towing capacity either. The lack of a dual range was the real kicker for me though. Style wise I like it, Over hang is a bit much but thats what I expected from a lenghthend Legacy, I'll keep my Forester until something with more utility comes along (for me thats Dual Range, and maybe some more clearance, and power)
#4 of 2213 Two immediate changes would help:
Jan 08, 2002 (10:48 am)
More power and cleaning up the cladding. I agree a true switchback system would be nice but I don't think it's absolutely necessary for success if the first two items are taken care of. Of course this is just IMHO.
The Ford Explorer Sport Trac as the Baja's most direct competitor, in that they are both "lifestyle" pickups. However, the approach to appealing to this "lifestyle audience" couldn't be more different.
The Sport Trac is pure truck, and built off the Ranger Extended Cab platform. They both share the same wheelbase. They also share the same old fashioned part-time 4WD, which does have a low range. It comes with all the virtues and vices that one would assume, coming from a truck platform.
The same can be said of the Baja, but in reverse, as it comes from a car platform.
The Sport Trac has, to date, found a good audience. It will be interesting to see how the public, and Sport Trac crowd, will react to the Baja.