Far from Jeep and cheerful: The supercar SUV obsession continues
The world of SUV’s that cost more than your family home has been expanding exponentially since Porsche began selling Cayenne’s hand over fist to the Foxrock tractor brigade who were, for the first time, seeing past the leather clad dashboards of their beloved Range Rovers.
Since the triumphant Cayenne and Macan broke the mold both Aston Martin and Maserati have released concept SUV, both of which have now received the green light.
Why, you may ask, are supercar manufacturers building SUVs? Well the answer is quite simply, China, where the appetite for 4x4s and four door family cars is growing by the minute.
The first Cayenne competitor is based on Masterait’s concept car, the Kubang.
Named the Levante, this luxury SUV is going on sale this year with prices expected to begin at €100,000 for the base model.
Prepare to see plenty of these double parked outside Donnybrook Fairs throughout south Dublin.
Aston Martin have now given their menicing looking DBX 4x4 the green light having raised £200m in investment from private equity firms
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said: “The DBX concept, has generated interest far beyond our expectations. The additional investment announced today will allow us to release the DBX and other new luxury vehicles that will form the strongest and most diverse portfolio in our history."
Another British mark which is said to be getting in on the act is Lotus who have begun manufacturing a 4x4 crossover vehicle in their new factory in south-east China.
Jean-Marc Gales, the company's CEO, described the car as "a real Lotus" and "the world’s first lightweight SUV".
Bentley was next to throw its top-hat into the ring with the W12 engined Bentayga, which is due to go on sale in 2016.
But hold on to your underpants because the price of this top end luxury SUV will is astronomical.
Base models will begin at £140,000(€196k), but prices are likely to rise to £200,000 (€279k) for the range-topping models.
But now, better late than never, the mac-daddy of ostentatious lunacy is getting in on the action.
Ladies and gentlemen hold firm your Black Amex as Lamborghini is making a 4x4.
The car is set to be based on on Lamborghini’s concept car the Urus and will be in production from 2018.
No price has appeared as yet, but you can be confident in the fact that you will most certainly not be able to afford it.
Typically the interior will look like it came from an alien spacecraft
Funnily enough, Top Gear magazine reports that the new Lambo SUV will be built by support from Italian working class taxes as the Government there has given the luxury mark some handy incentives to keep the workforce local.
It’s rumoured that there will be turbo and hybrid version as dirty diesel has no place in an Italian super SUV.
I wouldn't expect to see any of these on our Island of VRT and grotesquely high motor tax, but one can always live in hope.
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