Sedans with high ground clearance

Also, what could possibly be stopping manufacturers from experimenting on a sedan?

BHPian PrideRed recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Volvo S60 Cross Country was a different product and I don’t see many manufacturers who have tried to experiment. There are X4/X6/GLE Coupe but they are based on an SUV. Some of the sedans did come with higher clearance like updated Linea, Corolla, but then they are nothing close to being called a Cross. A sedan-based Cross can handle better than an SUV/Crossover and at the same time offer good clearance to tackle bad roads. Will also please folks who prefer a 3 box design. So, what do you think? Would you buy say a Honda City Cross? Also, what could possibly be stopping manufacturers from experimenting on a sedan?

Here’s what BHPian akash_v12 had to say on the matter:

A quick search on Google has led me to believe that only a few companies, very few, have actually ever had high-riding sedans in their portfolio. 2 of them were owned by Geely and one was the SX4.

If I had the option to choose between buying a high-riding sedan, I’d only get one if it was the Polestar 2 or the S60 Cross Country. They have a character of their own and it’s worth the money they’re betting on them. However, if it were to be an SX4, I’d not. I’m not saying that the design is utterly bad, but I’m also not saying it’s a timeless design. I honestly feel the SX4 has already begun to show it’s age while the S60 (the design being from around 2014s IIRC) has not.

Sedans are meant to be as they are – low-slung, sleek-looking machines, but I wouldn’t mind seeing more manufacturers take up this idea.

Here’s what BHPian Samba had to say on the matter:

When I bought the Etios, the ground clearance was 170mm. With up-sized tyres, I managed to increase it to 176mm. 6mm helped me avoid quite a lot of scrapping.

The higher ground clearance gave me more peace of mind. But the handling and high-speed behaviour were superior when the GC was 170 mm.

So if I am asked whether I will prefer a sedan with high GC, my answer is NO!

When higher GC is required, I will opt for a crossover. A sedan with high GC will be like ‘jack of all trades, master of none’.

No, a sedan is not meant for this.

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