The Best Luxury SUVs On The Market
Think of SUVs and chunky road trippers usually spring to mind. But luxury car makers are now creating their own versions.
The time for the sports utility vehicle is now. What was once a boxy jeep, the humble SUV has evolved into an athletic vehicle relished as much in the urban jungle as the real one. BMW and Audi were at the forefront of this move around 10 years ago, with their launches of the BMW X and the Audi Q. But now these two mainstays have something to worry about: a number of supercar and ultra-luxury car makers are muscling in with their own versions of the SUV.
Bentley BentaygaLeading the charge is luxury British brand Bentley, which just launched the Bentayga, a technologically advanced powertrain with a W12 engine that goes from 0-100km in four seconds, making it the fastest SUV around. This is perhaps what you would expect given that Bentley pumped £840 million-worth of investment into the research and development of Bentayga. A spokesperson from Bentley explained that while models such as the Flying Spur or the Continental GT are still the most popular, the Bentayga will enter the market positioned as its first luxury SUV.
Porsche CayennePorsche’s Cayenne and Macan models will also be marketed as luxury SUV forerunners. The Macan GTS, for example, bridges the gap between the standard S model and Turbo as the chassis has been re-engineered to sit lower, and the three-litre V6 engine found in the S model is much more powerful than its predecessor. The sports finish is completed by the GTS equipment, which include 20in wheels in RS Spyder design, sports exhaust system and Alcantara trimming in the interior.
Lamborghini UrusItalian supercar maker Lamborghini has been investing “hundreds of millions of euros” to set up the Sant’Agata Bolognese production plant for its new super SUV Urus. President and CEO of Lamborghini Automobili, Stephan Winkelmann, confirmed that the 4x4 Urus will eschew the naturally aspirated V10 and V12 units of the Huracan and Aventador in favour of a twin-turbocharged four-litre eight-cylinder unit.
Land Rover EvoqueNot to be outdone, Land Rover’s best-seller Evoque is now being marketed as the world’s first luxury convertible SUV. Land Rover drivers can now get the capacity to store road-trip accoutrements and, at the same time, the chance to bask in the glory of mother nature by stowing the roof. The fully automated fabric roof opens up in 18 seconds and closes in 21 seconds. Even when closed, the position of the roof doesn’t affect the 251-litre boot space of the all-season convertible.
The market for luxury SUVs is being revolutionised in the pursuit of safety, power and aesthetics. Watch this space.
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