Paul - can you share any details on range?
I just looked at a bunch of online sites and a few things:
- NOWHERE does it mention range. Sorry, but the whole 150m to a charge simply will not work for moms (people who will own this car). Moms (like my wife with 3 young boys) are frazzled. They run from place to place. They might drive 70 miles, then go home for 2 hours and then back out for another 80 miles of driving. It's just not practical to have significant charge time between drives. For those with kids, do you REALLY want the idea of your wife breaking down (no charge) with your kids in the car on a 20 degree winter day?
- The doors. No one has said the obvious. Yes, the whole (how do they go down), but....based on the height of the open, there's no way in hell that they will open in a city parking garage. In addition, we use 'Hi-Loft' storage things in our garage. Between those and the garage opener mechanism/light, I'm not sure these would open in a normal garage.
- Door 'pockets' on falcons - most moms have tons of crap in the door pockets of the rears. Open it up and it all falls out.
- 3rd Seat - sorry, but no way in hell it's comfortable, even for little kids. The rake of the rear window is just too steep. It's basically the same style back end as an X6. Also, it appears to be about the size of an X5. I just got rid of mine, but when I bought it, I took one with a 3rd row seat for a day. It's laughable. Seats are tiny, ingress/egress sucks and you sacrifice storage. Storage that moms NEED! When you get the third row going, storage looks to be minimal. Where do you put a stroller.
- Dash looks very very cool. Interior looks very nice. Nice enough to get trashed by kids.
- Visibility - you can already tell that it's one big blind spot. Throw a couple of kids in the third row and it's worse. How many issues have we had in our little Elises with other cars? For me, it's ALWAYS women in minivans or SUVs. LESS rear visibility is a bad thing. On the X6, you can literally see nothing. My mother in law had a Chrysler Pacifica for a week or two and the entire car was one big blind spot. That's a really big deal for a kid commuter.
Again, I may be wrong on the S, but I would think they need to start delivering on some of those cars first. What are they, a year or two late?
Looks like a very nice crossover SUV of which there are a ton out there. A really cool dashboard (that most moms will hate having to figure out) and fancy doors don't really jazz me above and beyond that.
Now, I don't know what this is (concept?), but this is cool: