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Old 10-15-2003, 07:43 AM   #1
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Default Baja model variant idea. What do you think?

Though not a Baja owner, I posted elsewhere the idea that Subaru could make a different version of the Baja that is similar to the GMC XUV. The rear window rolls down and the roof over the bed slides forward exposing an open bed. A midgate - not just a dinky passthrough - at the rear seats would give even more room. Oh, and do this off the NEW Outback that is coming out. The 200lbs of weight loss would make up for the extra materials of motors and the midgate. In the end, it may weigh the same as the current Baja. You've now got the best of both worlds without the goofy looks (sorry). The pickup type could still be offered to have the low priced models.

While this is a bit extra, Subaru could even put in a third rear facing row that folds into the floor of the bed (Volvo V70 & MB E class wagons have it). Boom! A little more BRAT touch. How's that for a sunroof for the kids? More like a convertible.

So what do you owners think? Obviously, you may be more skewed since you like the Baja enough to own one, but maybe that makes you more "open" to seeing variations of it as well.
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Old 10-15-2003, 09:56 AM   #2
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PPower, you should be the SOA. I thought about it about 6 months ago when I though about picking up my friends at the airport - in Baja, laggage will have to sit outside in rain/snow. Humm, if it only could be covered on demand. Now you say the sunroof-equiped 3rd row rear facing seats, my kids would love it! Not to mention we (parents) would love it as kids sit far back, facing rear!! Now that's an idea!
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:07 AM   #3
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Now you say the sunroof-equiped 3rd row rear facing seats, my kids would love it! Not to mention we (parents) would love it as kids sit far back, facing rear!! Now that's an idea!
Even better is that you could shut the power window behind the rear seats as well sealing out the sound (kinda). I know kids would love it. I would too. I used to be fascinated by BRATS growing up when they were new. Something about those rear facing jumpseats in the bed was just too cool to me. I loved my BRAT HotWheels
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Old 10-15-2003, 12:04 PM   #4
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Default I agree

I too have thought that a GMC XUV-like application to the Outback would be a good idea. It's not such a far-fetched idea; back in the early 1960s Studebaker offered just such a vehicle, the Lark Wagonaire.

http://home8.swipnet.se/~w-85663/project/advert63.htm

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Old 10-15-2003, 12:13 PM   #5
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nice find. Stop the press!! Agreeing twice in an hour!!!! Just playin with ya. I got nothin but love. The funny thing is how it has the center grill that sticks out likethis new B9. You just gave me more ammo against the B9 front though.
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Old 10-15-2003, 08:18 PM   #6
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an Outback Wagonaire would make sense. I'm not sure if it would be a replacement for the Baja, but it would make a pretty nifty addition to the outback lineup.

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Old 11-01-2003, 04:49 PM   #7
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Just playing around with some Baja pictures off the Tire Rack site.
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Old 11-01-2003, 04:57 PM   #8
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Or, a Baja Ute ?
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Old 11-01-2003, 11:04 PM   #9
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Give this a shot based on the '05 Outback. If anything like what you're proposing is likely to occur, it will be based on that model, or the upcoming 7-passenger crossoover, not the current model.

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Old 11-01-2003, 11:17 PM   #10
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Besides being a product of a soon to be dead brand the Studie Lark Waggonaire had one big problem-It leaked like a sive. I'm waiting to see if GMs version does any better 40 years later
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Or, a Baja Ute ?
I like that one the best, looks the most like a Brat.
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