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A Guide to SUVs from the Sportiest and Snootiest Automakers

Andy PottsAutomobile and Driver

It was solely 20 years in the past that the Porsche Cayenne shocked the automotive world. An SUV from the preeminent sports-car maker appeared wildly incongruous in 2002. Right this moment it’s simpler to checklist the few automakers that don’t provide one on the market than those who do.

Certain, there are unique dream weavers, resembling Pagani and Koenigsegg, that ignore the gross sales siren of the ute. However of manufacturers that produce greater than 500 automobiles a yr globally, the one ones with out a sport-utility both on sale or on the way in which are Chrysler (although it has made SUVs previously; bear in mind the Durango-based Aspen?) and fellow Stellantis subsidiaries Abarth and Lancia; Alpine (Renault’s sports-car division); and McLaren and Morgan within the U.Okay.

Whereas some automakers tried to carry again the tide, chilly, inexperienced logic has pushed the trade’s transformation. Consumers clearly like the next driving place greater than they recognize the dynamic advantages of a decrease heart of gravity, and that’s as true free of charge spenders as misers. No marque has been spared, irrespective of how steeped in racing the model’s historical past.

Simply this yr, one of many longest holdouts caved to the strain. As just lately as 2016, then–Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne stated concerning an SUV from Maranello, “You must shoot me first.” A yr later, he was strolling it again. RIP, Sergio.

Marchionne wasn’t the one one to go away hostages to fortune. McLaren’s Mike Flewitt declared his firm would by no means construct a ute again in 2018. His 2021 ouster means the supercar maker is not sure by that promise. Rumors say McLaren is already searching for a companion with an SUV platform.

See the Finest EV Luxurious SUVs

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First SUV: 2017 F-Tempo
Second and Third SUVs: 2018 E-Tempo, 2019 I-Tempo
Bestselling mannequin: F-Tempo

First SUV: 1986 LM002
Second SUV: 2019 Urus
Bestselling mannequin: Urus

First SUV: 2021 DBX
Second SUV: None
Bestselling mannequin: DBX

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