QOTD: What Crossover Should Get a Throwback Trim?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Yesterday, when discussing internally which one of us might write up the Buick Encore GX, I accidentally referred to it as an Encore GNX. That's because I am old enough to remember the Buick Regal GNX. We all had a quick laugh and then Chris Tonn reminded me that Dodge's new Hornet will have a GLH trim in a nod to the old "Goes Like Hell" Shelbys.

Chris then suggested that we ask you, the B and B, which new crossover should get a trim level that's nodding to the past.

It doesn't matter if the trim level will actually be a performance trim or just an appearance package. The question is, which current crossover should get something that acknowledges that automaker's past?

An Eddie Bauer Edition Bronco Sport? Should the ZR2 Package return to the Blazer?

We can get sillier -- a Syclone Typhoon GMC Equinox Terrain, perhaps.

What say you, B and B? It's Friday, so let's have a little fun.

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Buickman Buickman on Feb 17, 2023


  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Feb 17, 2023

    A GNX or GLH trim is almost as bad as naming them after great vehicles of the past!

    Imagine a GNX badge on a vehicle with a 1.2L three-banger!

    I think I’m about to become violently ill! 🤢🤮

    • 95_SC 95_SC on Feb 18, 2023

      A GNX was a little V6 in the era of V8s. Makes more sense than most on this list

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Feb 17, 2023

    Ford could take a CUV and call it a Mustang.

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    • Tagbert Tagbert on Feb 19, 2023

      The Mach E is closer to a Ford Fusion than a CUV in many ways.

  • BEPLA BEPLA on Feb 18, 2023

    In Alphabetical Order:

    Ford Explorer Ranch Wagon - 2wd, vinyl seats, rubber floor mats, steel wheels, no 3rd seat. No available options at all except a trailer hitch. Only available in pale blue, brown, Ivy green and lemon yellow with body-color trim

    Hyundai Venue Excel Edition - Base FWD model w 5 speed manual, velour seats, 13" wheels, a cassette tape player, and a 10 year,10 mile (Whichever comes first) warranty.

    Jeep Renegade Levis Edition - Base model in blue or white w/ blue denim seats and little red decals on the edges of all the doors - and zero rustproofing.

    Kia Seltos K9 Option Package - Doggy Gate behind the back seats, rubber mat and leash hooks in cargo area, and extra deodorizer trees hanging from rear-view mirror. (Oh, you thought we meant the K9 luxury sedan?!)

    Lincoln Corsair Designer Editions:

    John Varvatos - Everything is Black with raw leather seams on the seats and Brushed Bronze Trim. Black Leather Duffle Bag w/ raw-edged trim and bronze hardware in the trunk.

    Abercrombie and Fitch - Everything is White with raw leather seams and Blond stitching on the seats, blue-tinted glass, and Gold Trim. Herb Ritts B&W Soft-Porn Printed Leather Tote Bag (Just like the shopping bags!) in the trunk.

    Ralph Lauren Polo Edition - Red, White and Navy Blue with Brushed Bronze Trim. And little Polo Pony Logo badges/stitching/decals on the doors (inside and out), all the headrests, the floor mats, the dashboard, the seatbelts, the license plate frames - and little Polo Pony Logos shine onto the ground when you open the doors. Matching Leather Duffle Bag (with at least 6 logos - 4 of them obnoxiously large) in the trunk.

    Tommy Hilfiger Edition - Red, White and Navy Blue with Brushed Chrome Trim. And little abstract American Flag badges/stitching/secals on the doors, headrests.... (See Polo Edition Above) Matching Canvas Duffle Bag with at least 4 large logos in the trunk.

    Ye Edition: Exactly the same as the John Varvatos and A&F Editions, but with Ye badges instead - but no raw leather seams, no contrast stitching - ultra-dark tinted glass only - and no duffle bag. Ye chooses which color you get (based on your skintone, his mood and the weather in Calabasas that day) Unless you wear Adidas or are a Hollywood Entertainment Attorney - then you get Nothing. Priced $1500 above the Varvatos and A&F Editions - Because Reasons.

    Mercedes-Benz GLE Neiman-Marcus Edition. Slightly different shade of White Metallic, Light Beige Metallic or Rose-Beige Metallic than any of the other MB standard or optional colors with a slightly different shade of cream interior. Tiny Neiman-Marcus badges on the fenders & console. Custom matching leather Neiman-Marcus-branded credit card holder in the console, next to a 22K gold button that automatically calls the Neiman-Marcus private toll-free number. Only sold via the Neiman-Marcus Christmas Catalog - Limited to as many as they can take orders for between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

    Porsche Macan S Gulf Limited Edition - Light blue with an orange stripe and white circle on the hood and two front doors. No interior panels, soundproofing, comfort & convenience features, or entertainment systems at all - not even a dashboard. Just raw painted metal, a tachometer, a single shell drivers seat with 4 point seatbelts, and a rubber floor mat in front of the driver's seat. Priced $125,000 above the Macan S. FM/Bluetooth Receiver, a Speedometer and Fuel Gauge are the only 3 extra cost options available for $7500 each. Limited to how many Porsche can get orders for.

    VW Tiguan TREK Edition - Purple or Teal with a color-matched Trek bike on the roof.