Before the crossovers of today roamed the roads, the SUVs of yesterday paved the way to give them smooth access.
My oh my, have the big utes evolved. This year we have news that crossover SUVs from Jaguar, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and even Lamborghini are on the way, while existing stalwarts such as Jeep, Land Rover, Ford, Chevy, and more, continue to rake in huge profits from the people-movers.
Of all the new SUVs coming our way, Jaguar’s F-PACE looks the most intriguing. Jaguar Vehicle Program Director Andrew Whyman said,
We developed the F-PACE to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar car, together with new levels of ability and composure on a variety of surfaces and weather conditions. Just as we paid obsessive attention to detail over the engineering of every single component, we’ve exhaustively tested the F-PACE in the most challenging conditions to ensure that it will exceed the expectations of our customers around the world.
We don’t have any specs yet, but we do know the Jag, thus far, looks like it’ll be one of the most attractive SUVs in the world.
It couldn’t exist, though, without a little help from these ancestors.
There’s some debate, at least in my head, as to whether the title of First SUV goes to the Willys Jeep Station Wagon or the Chevrolet Carryall Suburban. I think the ’35 Chevy takes the title, but the ’48 Jeep is the one that brought off-roading to the world of SUVs.
These two vehicles started it all, but had it not been for five other SUVs, I don’t think we’d have the luxury land yachts that we have today.
Here they are.
In production for 67 continuous years, this is the SUV that made off-roading legendary.
The first Cherokee could be seen as an evolution of the Defender, as it made off-roading accessible to the United States’ masses.
The 4Runner came along and added a little bit of sensibility to the SUV by combining off-roading with everyday life.
This is the SUV that introduced the world to the idea of a luxurious off-roader, but it was mostly used for shuttling kids to birthday parties.
A whole new class of SUV was created when the ‘Sclade came along. This is the ute that gave way to the likes of Porsche, Bentley, and Jaguar. Without the Escalade’s success, no other company might have been brave enough to offer an ultra-luxurious SUV.
Would you rather own one of the SUVs that paved the way, or one of the newest ones about to hit the market?