Lexus and Infiniti say NO to a rival for Bmw 5-Series GT and Acura ZDX

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The trend of models that have new or reworked body styles has been spreading rapidly, as evidenced by the entry of minivans, followed by SUVs, crossovers, and four-door coupes.

The spotlight is now on the five-door, not-quite-a-hatchback big-rear car that BMW and Honda/Acura have embraced.

BMW has the 5-Series Gran Turismo while Honda/Acura has created the Accord Crosstour and ZDX. Infiniti and Lexus are two companies that have chosen not to produce their own representatives for this segment.

While many don't think that it's a huge loss, there are some who consider it a risk for Infiniti and Lexus since form-factor innovation has sold many vehicles the past years.

But then, if you consider that US consumers aren't really into wagons or hatchbacks, the high risk may just on be BMW and Acura.

The 5-Series GT and Acura ZDX definitely have the characteristics for them to fall into either of those categories.

Still, it can't be denied that Lexus and Infiniti have their own red-headed step-cars, the 2010 New York Auto Show's Lexus CT 200h and Infiniti QX, in terms of design and styling. If they chose to enter the fat-hatch segment, it may just have been too much to handle. [via autoobersver]

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