The De Tomaso SLC – a crossover/SUV from the newly revived De Tomaso – has been revealed in Italy. And it looks a bit gruesome.
It’s only about a week since we revealed that the newly re-born De Tomaso would be taking the first of their offerings – the De Tomaso SLC – to Geneva.
We told you it was an SUV / Crossover with a choice of engines from Turbodiesel to V8 petrol. And so it is. But what we didn’t know is that – despite being penned by Pininfarina – the De Tomaso SLC is from the Lagonda SUV school of crossover design.
Maybe we expected more. Maybe we thought that it would have echoes of the Pantera somewhere. Even just some style. But on first viewing, it’s a let-down.
That said, our favourite performance SUV – the Porsche Cayenne Turbo – is no oil painting. And if De Tomaso comes close to the Porsche Cayenne with the SLC – which we expected to get a lyrical Italian moniker, but still comes dubbed SLC – we’ll soon get over the looks.
A look that makes the SLC look like it ran in to a brick wall, was rear-ended by a flat-fronted HGV and just given a paint job.
Let’s hope the new Pantera looks better when it arrives.