I recently did an article on the 2012 Audi A7 Sportback – a four-door hatch
that looks like a couple. BMW has its 5-Series Gran Turismo hatch and
similar offerings are provided by Mercedes, Toyota as well as Honda.
On the 5-Series Gran Turismo, the driver can choose to lift its smaller
trunk opening or the trunk and the entire rear window. See the slide
As I have written in the past, the Nissan Versa is a decent looking,
very functional and reasonably priced hatch. Additionally, a sedan
version of the Versa is also available.
Many of today’s sedans have a very short rear overhang and a
small trunk opening. However, American drivers have not
customarily taken to hatchbacks. What could be done that
would add the usefulness of a hatch but with the look of a
sedan or coupe’s trunk?
What if automakers took a sedan, for example the Nissan Versa,
and made the trunk to open at the top of the rear window (in other
words, rather than the trunk opening right behind the rear window,
the flat trunk lid and the rear window would be one piece. Thus,
the car would have the trunk shape that American driver’s prefer
but the opening of a hatch.
See the Nissan Versa sedan in the slide show below, and imagine
the trunk opening at the top of the rear window.
It would be a look that American drivers’ prefer and provide
maximum utility to boot!
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