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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Bench It?

I can remember my father's 1959 Mercury. Slightly smaller than an aircraft carrier, it seated three people with comfort up front.

With four-on-the-floor (five or six anyone?) passé and automatics with paddle shifts predominant, does anyone think that some evolved form of bench seat up front might make a comeback? I can see eight or nine-seat Explorer or a six seat F-150 being a marketing coup.
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My last F150 had the 40/20/40 split, with a massive fold down center arm rest console, big enough to work your laptop on. When my kids were a bit smaller, I easily fit 3 in front and 4 skinny kids in back. I imagine similar would work for Explorer as well. The massive center console is quite the waste of space.



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A lap seat belt and no center air bag makes a bench seat a nightmare for crash protection.

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A lap seat belt and no center air bag makes a bench seat a nightmare for crash protection.

I thought GM showcased a center airbag that would protect someone in a bench seat

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3 in front in a 6000lb truck should not make one worry too much. Especially because you only use it in a pinch.
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I thought GM showcased a center airbag that would protect someone in a bench seat
This would help with frontal crashes, but with a major side impact, heads would clunk together.

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This would help with frontal crashes, but with a major side impact, heads would clunk together.
GM’s front, center airbag is exactly for that...so noggins don’t bang together in a side impact. Not for front collisions. They’re on the full-size cuvs
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ford/Lincoln employs engineers to figure these things out. Any future center seats--should they make a comeback--will not have only a lap belt.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 12:44 PM
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Just want to point out that brand new F-Series trucks are still available with column shifters and middle front seats on lower trim levels, which is my preferred interior anyways.
They also come with vinyl flooring. 😉 I honestly love how customizable these trucks are.
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