There’s something about luxury vehicles that’s undeniably appealing. And if you’ve ever been driving down the highway and spotted a Lamborghini or Ferrari, you know exactly what I’m talking about. These cars scream “drool-worthy” and “follow me like a crazy stalker.”
Regrettably, if you want to cruise around with more than one passenger, sports cars are a bit impractical. To combat this problem, some luxury automakers are upping their game and entering the SUV arena. Here are three models that are due in the near and not-so-near future, and one with no chance of happening — but it’s fun to think about anyways.
1. Maserati Levante
While pictures of Maserati’s Kubang concept have been widely circulated around the web for years, there’s not an official picture for Maserati’s upcoming SUV, the Levante. However, given that this is a Maserati, and the rumor is that it’ll resemble Maserati’s current vehicles — the Ghibli and the Quattroporte — it’s almost certain that the Levante will be a sight to behold.
Further, Motor Authority reports that the Levante will feature Maserati’s own Q4 all-wheel drive system; that it will be available with either a 3.0-liter V6 or a 3.8-liter V8 with over 500 horsepower; and that it’ll go from zero to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds. Finally, Digital Trends reports that the Levante is expected to make its debut at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show, and it will likely go on sale shortly after, with pricing starting around $100,000.
2. Lamborghini Urus
While not yet officially named, Lamborghini’s second SUV, the “Urus,” is set to go on sale in 2018. Fortunately, it will look nothing like the boxy — and frankly, ridiculous — “Rambo Lambo” LM002. Instead, Lamborghini’s production SUV will look very similar to the Urus concept, according to Car Scoops.
Daily News reports that the Urus will have a minimum of 600 horsepower courtesy of its V10; it’ll have a top speed of over 200 miles per hour; and it’ll likely be able to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in approximately three seconds. Lamborghini states that it will use its patented Forged Composite carbon-fiber to help curb the weight of the Urus, and it will have the lowest CO2 figure among its class. Plus, there’s a possibility that the Urus could be offered with an optional hybrid powertrain, with an all-electric driving range of up to 31 miles. The estimated price to own a Lambo SUV? $150,000 to $200,000, according to Car and Driver.
Keep in mind, however, that Lamborghini’s parent company, Volkswagen, is embroiled in a massive scandal that could send shockwaves through Volkswagen’s subsidiaries. That’s not to say Volkswagen’s scandal will impact Lamborghini’s upcoming SUV, or that it’s even likely, but it’s a possibility. Still, if things stay on course, the Urus looks like it’ll be quite the addition to Lamborghini’s brand.
3. Rolls-Royce’s “Project Cullinan”
When you picture an off-road vehicle, you probably don’t picture a Rolls-Royce. But that may change come 2018 if “Project Cullinan” is successful. In fact, in its press release, Rolls-Royce states that it’s currently working to develop “a final all-wheel drive system that delivers Rolls-Royce’s hallmark ‘magic-carpet’ ride not only on the road, but off-road too.”
Sadly, as of now, there’s not much official information regarding “Project Cullinan.” However, Motor Authority reports that Rolls-Royce’s new SUV will likely sport a V12 engine, which will undoubtedly have more than enough horsepower to get it over the toughest mountain passes. As far as looks go, Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce’s design chief, alluded to a “boxy, chiseled look,” and BMWBlog says the rumored price will be around $400,000. One thing is certain though: This will be one hell of a luxury “off-road” vehicle.
If you’re a Ferrari enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of the Ferrari FF, and either view it as a glorious testament to Ferrari’s prowess, or an abomination in the otherwise pristine Ferrari stable. This is because, while Ferrari markets the FF as more versatile with its capacity to seat four, critics are quick to point out that the FF… is a wagon (well, technically, a shooting brake). Yes, you read that correctly. Ferrari makes a wagon, and many Ferrari fans were none too pleased about this fact.
But, what if that wagon had been an SUV instead? Recently, Yahoo! Autos pointed out that Ferrari finished a prototype of the FF, and it more closely resembled a crossover. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your view of what a Ferrari should be), the crossover never made it to production.
More pointedly, Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s design director, recently said about the possibility of a Ferrari SUV, “It’s not within our DNA and it’s not something we are ever going to look at…We cannot make something just because this is the normal trend. It wouldn’t be a Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari would turn in his grave.” Simply put, Ferrari may have designed a crossover prototype, but that’s as far as it went. And unless something changes, it seems highly unlikely that Ferrari will build an SUV.
Watch the drool
None of the above SUVs are currently available for purchase. And a Ferrari SUV will probably never be available. Still, if you’re looking to spend upwards of $150K on a vehicle, and you like exotic sports cars but want more seating, then waiting a few years for the ultimate luxury SUV might be worth it.