Luxury SUVs coming to our shores this year
How many SUVs does it take to fill every road of this big blue ball we all live on? It seems the world’s car makers just have to find out. We’ve got small, medium and large SUVs, and within that expansive realm, there are countless variations, crossovers and flavours covering nearly every mainstream and luxury brand.
Then there’s the truly top-end SUV, a concept pioneered – and initially pilloried – by Porsche way back in 2002 with its Cayenne, but now all the rage among other truly top-end brands. Even Lamborghini, probably the least ‘SUV’ brand ever, has joined the set with its new-for-2018 Urus.
And that’s just the start of it. In 2019 another famous top-end brand’s first SUV hits Australian shores, along with some range-topping new models from more ‘everyday’ luxury contenders. Here are the big names to keep an eye out for.
Audi has a host of new SUVs coming to Australia in 2019, one of them its first electric car, the e-tron quattro. But this fetching four-door SUV ‘coupe’, a treat for the eyes with its edgy, contemporary but oh-so-tasteful exterior, is the new crowning glory of its SUV range. Packed with much of the same technology recently premiered in the company’s new topline A8 limo, from fuel-saving 48V mild-hybrid drivetrain technology to a stack of semi-autonomous driver aids, it’s due to land in local showrooms in January. From $128,900.
If BMW’s X5 – itself the recipient of a full generational refresh in the dying months of 2018 – has never been quite enough BMW SUV for you, the new big-daddy of the brand’s sprawling SUV line-up might be more your style. BMW wants you to think of this gargantuan new seven-seater as the SUV version of its ultimate limo, the 7 Series, and there’s more than a touch of top-end in its imposing presence, lavishly appointed cabin and all-you-can-eat suite of in-car, safety and drivetrain technology. It’s scheduled for a second-quarter arrival. Price TBA.
Range Rover SV Coupé
Land Rover calls this limited-edition two-door SUV the most exclusive Range Rover ever and it’s not lying – just 999 will be hand-built for the global market by its Special Vehicles Operations skunkworks. Of that, a maximum of 20 are earmarked for Australia, starting from the first quarter of 2019. With its wild exterior, absurdly sumptuous four-seat cabin and horizon-hoovering supercharged V8 the SV is the ultimate Range Rover and claimed to be still capable of getting its feet dirty, too. Price TBA.
Got nearly three-quarters-of-a-million dollars lying around and a huge SUV itch? Then scratch it with very first SUV wearing the famous Spirit of Ecstasy atop its grille, which is due to arrive on local shores in the first quarter. It touts the usual Rolls qualities – an opulent cabin, sky-high toy count, every personalisation opportunity possible and the silent, hand-of-God urge of a 6.75-litre V12 drivetrain – but can crawl up muddy slopes and ford rivers. That’ll put the wind up the LandCruiser crowd. From $685,000 driveaway.
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