Another, real option, would be great if they were to do it. The more choices we have the better they will all get
Are those 22s in the rendering? WTH!
Yeah, my starting point is simply - "Is the base model FWD (with maybe an AWD option)? If yes, then hard pass." FWD apart from sucking on its own implies the whole thing is built on a car chassis.Too many bubble station wagons being called "suv's" nowadays
Not "sporty", not "utility" but just plain bubble wagons every one
So I actually have a Jackery "generator" and solar panel. It's great for powering my laptop, router, phone, emergency radios, desklight, and other small electronics. For everything else, I have a gas generator. Look up the energy density of gasoline vs lithium batteries (and there is no battery chemistry on the horizon that offers anything but a small incremental improvement over Li-ion). Tesla has better range than other EVs only because they use much larger batteries than almost everyone else (except Lucid, Rivian, and some of the new ultra high end Mercedes). There's no secret special technology, if you want more range you need bigger batteries, and batteries are the heaviest component in an EV. This won't change substantially over the next 5-7 years. Likewise, photovoltaics aren't going to offer a practical charging solution, even ordinary 120 VAC 20A is slow as shit, which is why Tesla superchargers are 480 VDC at 200-300A and still slower than pumping gas.This has been covered exhaustively on a million other threads since the 4xe came out, but...
- Portable power banks like Jackery already exist. Granted, they're not [currently] equivalent to the amount of energy stored in a gas can, but that's not a permanent limitation - the market simply hasn't been there. As more EV vehicles become commonplace (Rivian, 4xe, F150 Lightning, etc), there will be more demand for this, and thus more research/innovation to fill that market.
- Solar panels exist. Similar caveat to the above, but solar power is much further along in the innovation cycle. The theoretical limits to solar panel efficiency are being tested and broken as new methods, materials, etc come about.
- Wind power, IMO, is something that hasn't really been exploited for overlanding, but should, given how much of it happens in the wide open deserts. Not as reliable, obviously, but why couldn't you have a mounted wind turbine extending your battery pack as you drive around?
TODAY, none of these replace a can of gas. That's a fact we both agree on. TOMORROW* is an entirely different story, just like YESTERDAY* having a mass-produced vehicle that could run 400+ miles on a charge for <$100K was thought to be outrageous.
*Times are approximate. I don't *actually* mean tomorrow, February 1st, 2023. I mean tomorrow as in the near future. I would guess within the next ~5-7 years, personally.
I am still shocked they didn't use the Trailblazer nameplate to make a Wrangler competitor when it came back. It is terrible what they made.
Chevy’s Answer to the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler
OK, you just bought it and headed to Moab for a week of wheeling. First few days everyone oooo'd and awww'd about how quiet it was and how it climbed that slick-rock as good as any jeep.
I saw concept cars like that 30 years ago, they never made it to production.
Your prayers have been answered.Too many bubble station wagons being called "suv's" nowadays
Not "sporty", not "utility" but just plain bubble wagons every one, I suppose they are still vehicles though so how about calling them BWV's instead ?
Just a stray thought
besides, I heard Chevy is planning on bringing back the Caprice Classic wagon but with a 1" lift and 27" tires to compete with Jeep and Bronco.... sounds about their speed of late