DANIEL KOH Sliding doors only seem to appear on MPVs and not on any other type of passenger car. Is it a technical issue? Or simply because it is just not possible to lodge sliding doors on any vehicle that is not an MPV?
The craze for SUVs is the trend now. Can carmakers put sliding doors on them?
I feel that sliding doors are much more convenient than conventionally hinged doors, especially in tight parking spaces and when entering or exiting the cabin.
Is there no market for a beautifully designed SUV, hatchback or saloon with sliding doors? Has any car designer ever thought of doing one?
Hope that Torque could share some insights, please. Torque equipping doors is The more a challenge car aesthetical with sliding of than exterior technical. design The would car’s need to integrate those doors and their mechanism, which includes carrier rails, supporting beams and rollers.
They’re costlier and more complicated than regular doors with just two hinges.
Sliding doors on cars are most useful in cramped carparks and confined urban areas, which is why they are common in Japan, particularly in the kei-car segment of the market dominated by "bento boxes" on 14-inch wheels.
Toyota even sells a 1.5-litre hatchback with a large single slide-open door on the left side and two ordinary swing-open doors on the right side – the Porte, which got its name from the French word for “door”.