Rear seats of a 1982 Jaguar XJS HE coupé

The 2+2 is a version of the coupé car-body style that has two front seats for the driver and front passenger, as well as two small (narrow legroom) rear seats for children or other occasional usage.[1] It is therefore different from 4 or 5 seat versions that have normal size rear seats. Some manufacturers which sell coupés without rear seats often market the car as "2+2"[2] or as 2-plus-2.

Definition

SAAB Sonett Mark II equipped with a rear seat, making it a 2+2.

By standard definition, all cars in the 2+2 category have two front seats and two rear seats. Other common characteristics for 2+2 cars include relatively little room for the rear passengers and a coupé body with two doors.

Although many convertible, targa top and hatchback[citation needed] cars meet the literal definition of a 2+2, they are rarely considered 2+2s.

Usage

There are many coupé which meet the definition of a 2+2, but have not been described by the manufacturer as such. This is because the term 2+2 is most often used to distinguish cars from a 2-seat open version of the same model. Prominent examples are the classic Jaguar E-type fixed-head coupé 2+2, the Lotus Elan 2+2, the Nissan 300ZX 2+2, the Chevrolet Monza 2+2, the 1965–1966 Mustang 2+2[3] and the Pontiac 2+2 models.

The 1965 and 1966 Mustang Fastback was marketed as the "Mustang 2+2", because a fold-down rear seat was included as standard equipment. Where the standard (two-seat) Mustang had a "MUSTANG" emblem, the 2+2 model had a "MUSTANG 2+2" emblem. In 1967, the rear seat became optional, and the "2+2" designation was dropped.

One reason why some sportscars are equipped with barely usable back-seats, is for their buyers' financial benefit of getting generally much cheaper insurance on a "four-seat" car, than on a more high-risk classed sporty two-seater.

Cars marketed as 2+2

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sedan vs. Coupe Cars: Meaning, Definition & Differences". www.automoblog.net. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ "ZX History". www.project300tt.com. Archived from the original on 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ "1964 Ford Mustang 2+2". www.themustangsource.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.