I figure out, thanks to Andrew's excellent reviewWhat makes the G wagon terrible.
Think about it this way: What if there were no Range Rover? Or even Discovery. What if Land Rover only made defenders, but the only way Americans would buy such an agricultural machine would be to put a huge engine in it, add chrome and wheels and slather the interior with leather and suede? Yes, it would be a terribly agricultural machine with impeccable off road pedigree, that rode like a terribly agricultural machine that used to have impeccable off road pedigree.
If I took $1000 and cut it up into fibers and wove it into socks, I wouldn't have socks that are worth $1000...just have uncomfortable socks.