A REAL full size K5 Blazer/Jimmy. At a quick glance I only saw this mentioned once in the replies below. GM really jumped the shark when they slapped the legendary name on the me too crossover-in the 50th anniversary year of the Blazer's introduction. Maybe short-lived, but the PT Cruiser, T-Bird, Prowler, SSR, HHR showed there can be retro oriented designs, and some of them really incited a passion in the market, but alas, they all went by the wayside. In part, I believe, because they were pretty hollow representations...aka powerless. But, I digress. With Jeep pretty much owning the true off road market virtually uncontested, this leaves a Snake River Canyon gap in the market with no one looking to fill it. Despite Jeep having some historic reputation issues just look at how the Wranglers hold their resale value. Pretty close to Toyota, based on a wet finger in the air. There were so many teaser 'renderings' of what GM could/should have done, but that's all they were. Now Ford introduces a proper throwback inspired theme, with Wrangler squarely in the crosshairs and GM is left holding the bag of doggie droppings. Quite pathetic. Not sure if it's accounting people making these decisions (with all due respect to accountants), but it certainly wasn't based on reaching out to the marketplace. Other than the cliche' statistic of most of these vehicles are relegated to mall cruisers. I honestly hope I'm right in my gut that Ford will rock Wrangler's world. Not to wish harm on Jeep, but to drive a market competition that will ultimately (hopefully) result in continued improvements in the current offerings, AND prime the pump for others to enter. Oh, I just realized I left out the FJ Cruiser....another flash in the pan extinguished by the suits in the ivory towers. And, for the record, this is coming from someone who grew up with K5's his entire life, and between Dad and I we have 3 currently. Just my $.02. Be well all!
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