It's open season on the Ghostbusters film franchise as it seems there might be as many as 3 new films produced over the next several years. But whether it's an all girl cast, all boy cast, or a pass-the-torch sequel, I think the new movie must include an Ecto-1 vehicle.
I think it would be nice to have at least a cameo of the original that you'll remember was made from a 1959 Cadillac. What was great about the original vehicle was it was unconventional. A big clunky classic car roaming the streets of New York overloaded with equipment was funny in itself and stuck out like a sore thumb. For the new movies to take that approach to a new Ecto-1 would be ideal, but I'm not sure it will happen.
Over the last couple years, I've seen images of everything from Subarus to Dodge Magnums converted to look like Ecto-1. It's highly possible the new vehicle will go to the highest-bidding automobile manufacturer, but here are 5 possibilities that I think could happen if the upcoming films do feature a new vehicle.
#1 New Cadillac Wagon
It's possible that a new Ecto-1 would stay in the Cadillac family and basically just receive an upgrade. The technology of modern cars would be a bonus and the new Egon character could adapt the On-Star feature into something like a satellite ghost tracking system.
#2 H1 Hummer
This would be an obvious choice for the all-guy actor reboot that's rumored to have Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. The bulkiness of an H1 would somewhat fit the personality of Ecto-1 and it would have ample room for four guys and their gear. It would also give them an added "push" in New York City traffic too.
#3 1984 Ford Station Wagon
I think this option would match the spirit of Ecto-1 perfectly. First, you give a nod to the 1984 era when Ghostbusters was originally released. Second, the style matches the original car with the 5-door hatchback style. The equipment could slide out and you'd still have that big side-open door in the back. The wood paneling would probably need to go just so it's not likened too much to the Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation, but I think this option could work for any of the new films.
#4 Pimp My Ecto-1
I'd be really surprised if any of the new films keep the original '59 Cadillac style. But if they do make an Ecto-1C (Ecto-1B was actually featured in the video game), I can see the possibility of it being "pimped out." I actually liked the repaint in the above image from a recent Hot Wheels Halloween Edition Ecto-1, but a tricked-out vehicle would play more toward new Ghostbusters fans and not the originals who are used to humble beginnings.
#5 Ecto-1 As A Ghostbuster
So imagine this. The new Egon character is a genius in engineering. He (or she) has packed a surprise in the new Ecto-1 and during the final battle against some larger than life ghost, the new vehicle transforms and assists the team in busting the threat. Okay, that sceario may be a little too Michael Bay but it could happen. Hey, they did it with K.A.R.R. in the 2008 Knight Rider series!
Well, there are a few possibilities for the new Ecto-1. I really hope they bring it back in some shape or form in the new films. If they don't, I think they are making an egregious mistake.