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ULTRA-LUXURY SUVs: 4 AT THE TOP OF THE CLASS

It wasn’t too long ago that luxury automobile manufacturers wouldn’t even consider building an SUV.

JOHNNY DUNCAN

 

With all luxury items, strong demands create markets, and the market demand must be filled. And we are excited to explore these four new ultra-luxury SUVs! Though it is highly unlikely that the owners of these vehicles will ever go mud-slinging or run these trucks through the woods and over dunes, the knowledge that they could plow through a marsh if needed makes these SUVs that much more attractive and desirable.

SUVs are the fastest-growing segment of the car market, tripling in sales in a decade from 8 million units in 2006 to nearly 26.5 million units last year. The ultra-luxury SUVs coming to market are merely filling a niche created by high-net-worth individuals desiring comfort and oomph at the same time, and these four SUVs fulfill that desire and are worth the investment.

Lamborghini Urus Super SUV

Just saying the name, Lamborghini, speaks luxury and quality. The latest to come from Sant’Agata Bolognese is the Lamborghini Urus SUV entering the luxury SUV field.  The Urus is typical Lamborghini with its powerfully low hood rising to a dome that houses the V8 twin-turbo engine. The muscular rear of the vehicle exudes power, and as is also typical with a Lambo, this SUV keeps its traditional two-thirds body, one-third window ratio found in its super sports cars.

 

The Urus comes with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine offering 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque with just a tap of the pedal. With this much power, this 2.2-ton SUV can jump from a stop position to 60 miles per hour in only 3.6 seconds, and boasts a top speed of 189 mph. This dream SUV also comes with a number of driving modes for all-terrain driving, including STRADA, TERRA (off-road) and NEVE (snow), SABBIA (sand), SPORT and CORSA.

 

The Bentley Bentayga

The Bentley Bentayga V8 is a new-generation 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that combines both power and luxury giving the owner the ability to enjoy limousine-style comfort even while using the customizable on-demand switch to sporting precision. This SUV provides efficiency of 24.8 mpg due to the ability of the engine to deactivate four of its eight powerful cylinders, without hindering the drive. Also included in the Bentayga is the Stop-Start technology which can activate at near-to-stop speeds, contributing to the low CO2 emissions of 260 g/km.

 

Bentley offers over 100 standard and unique paint options and, as with other high-end auto manufacturers, you can travel to Crewe, England with a chip off your library wall or your favorite colored Stuart Weitzman shoes to show them the color of the SUV you prefer and they will create it. Also, Bentley currently offers at least eight veneers and 15 interior leather tones for the wood lining the interior of the cabin.

 

Mercedes G Class

Around since 1979, this new Mercedes G Class SUV is one that most closely resembles what most think an SUV should look like: square, authoritative, and strong. But it still keeps its gentler, luxurious side intact. The G Class includes a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 sending its 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission and allows the driver to switch from a solid axle in front to an independent suspension.

 

The new G-Class is even sportier with new LED headlights, a restyled grille, and front bumper, and a longer hood that past models. The interior includes two different dash designs, with one maintaining the actual gauges for the driver and the other E-Class digital dash with its long screen and virtual instrument cluster.

 

Range Rover SV Coupe

One of the longest-running luxury SUV makers, Range Rover announced that is in production to make a limited 999 units of the SV Coupe, each hand-assembled by Jaguar Land Rover in Warwickshire, UK. Land Rover, celebrating the brand’s 70th anniversary, made the announcement in January with no other specifications for the vehicle except that it will be a two-door just like the 1970 version, and that the cabin will feature diamond-stitch leather seats, with the same infotainment system found in the new 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

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