E Pace is top 5 finalist for 2019 World Car Design of the Year
Although the winner of the 2019 World Car Design of the Year award wont be announced until April 17th, the E Pace has secured itself in a top 5 position. The other cars that it is competing against include the Citroen C5 Aircross, Jaguar I Pace, Suzuki Jimny and Volvo XC40. Some steep competition but making it this far is already a good accomplishment. https://autofile.ca/en-ca/auto-artic...signs-for-2019
This category has now been narrowed down to the top three. Jaguar I-Pace, Suzuki Jimny and Volvo XC40. I'm a little surprised to see Suzuki here, but the new design of the Jimny is pretty cool looking. Its got a lackluster powertrain though imo.
The Jimny would still quite well in NA, even with its smaller engine. Plenty of people looking for a cheaper and more reliable alternative to the new Wrangler. Some aftermarket tuning could provide some decent gains too.
The Jimny is an off roader for those on a budget. With its incredibly cheap starting price, of course its going to be lacking the bells and whistles found on other models in the segment. Its a utility vehicle, first and foremost.
Too bad Suzuki is just keeping it to limited markets which would be great in others like North America where demand has been proven with models like the Jeep Wrangler. Its only growing more with models like the upcoming Gladiator that take after the Jeep Wrangler.
The upcoming Ford Bronco is going this route too as there have been some design patents that suggest it will have a removable top and doors alike the Wrangler. Not sure why no one wants to capitalize on the huge FCA reliability concerns that are out there.