To mark the takeover as complete, both Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce, brands that stand starkly on opposite poles of the ultra-luxury vehicle world, each began making their respective SUVs.
Rolls-Royce has a very different calling than Lamborghini. Rolls-Royces have immensely powerful engines — they’re also just immense, period — but not in the interest of outright speed. Instead, Rolls-Royces have big V12 engines so they never feel or sound strained. even when you’re hitting 60 miles an hour in five seconds in a 5,600 pound sedan.
Although luxury usually implies size, some of the most head-turning luxury SUVs these days are actually quite tiny. For example the Volvo XC40 and Jaguar E-Pace successfully carry their respective brand’s styling into a smaller realm. Neither is terribly exciting to drive, but both are fun and jaunty around town and cute as anything.
Some automakers are working the seams with vehicles that aren’t quite SUVs but might be. For instance, the Buick Regal TourX, introduced in the US this past year, is a very handsome raised wagon that could handle a little off-roading and, more importantly, can carry lots of stuff. It’s proof, if any were needed, that you don’t always have to have an SUV.