What Car Deserves a Wagon Variant?
Fact: five doors are better than four.
If the recent reveal of the always-awesome Mercedes-AMG E 63 S and its wagon variant, as well as the leaked Volkswagen Arteon shooting brake, have reminded us of anything, it's that all cars are better as wagons. It's a fact. They're more practical than the accompanying sedan, handle better than the equivalent crossover, and vastly better looking than both. This got us thinking: What car would make the best wagon?
Diesel Maserati "Cinqueporte"? Tesla Model S? R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R?
If we were given the opportunity to will one wagon variant not just into existence, but into the U.S. marketplace, it'd probably be one that might already be coming: the Genesis G70. Hear me out.
Would something like a reborn BMW M5 Touring be a "better" car with more pace, prestige, and create more buzz with enthusiasts? Probably. Would a bread-van Bugatti Chiron be a bigger internet-story hit with the under-18 crowd? Sure. But between the aforementioned AMG and the Audi RS6 Avant, the world probably has enough uber-fast German wagons to go around, and let's not kid ourselves into thinking a Bugatti of any bodystyle is a realistic purchase for anybody reading this right now.
No, we'd like to see a wagon G70 because of the absolute power move it would represent on the part of the Hyundai Motor Company. Here's an automaker, once the oft-mocked underdog of the industry, building an unpopular variant of a luxury car that's already part of a dying-yet-fiercely-competitive segment not because it'll do anything for its bottom line (because it certainly will not), but just because it can. Bonus points if it comes with a manual transmission.
Do it, Genesis. Your accountants will hate it and, frankly, so will most of the American buying public. But loosely paraphrasing Victor Hugo, haters gonna hate.
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