Exotic and Luxury SUVs

4x4 Forever ... as Long as It's Got Heated Seats

Though you could take some of these SUVs off road, they are far from your run-of-the-mill four-bys. Hand-crafted from the finest materials, with the price tag to prove it, these SUVs are the ultimate in functional luxury.
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Bentley EXP 9 F Concept

Bentley EXP 9 F Concept
Bentley EXP 9 F Concept. Bentley Motors UK
Bentley dipped a toe in the SUV market at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with this concept SUV. Of course, this being a Bentley, it's no mere SUV. There are fitted picnic baskets on rails in the rear cargo area and an awning that pulls out to protect the picnickers. Details are scant, like which Bentley engine will go under the hood, or even if the thing will actually be built. Stay tuned.
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Eterniti Artemis

Eterniti Artemis Concept
Eterniti Artemis Concept. Eterniti
Eterniti's first car is set to be a giant-slayer -- they hope. The Artemis super SUV debuted at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show in the spring, and the company plans to have it in garages by fall 2012.
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Icon Bronco

Icon Bronco
Icon Bronco. Icon

The latest project from Icon in southern California revisits the late 70s heyday of the tin-box Bronco. But this time around, it's not the stripped-down grandfather of the Bronco we've all come to know and love, thanks to the 1990s-era Bronco II. This is a hand-built homage to that Bronco, with a 400-hp engine -- the same one in the modern Mustang GT. It keeps the iconic Bronco shape but gets major twenty-first century updates, like LED lights and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Icon CJ

Icon CJ
Icon CJ. Icon
After World War II, Americans became obsessed with lower-case-j jeeps, familiar from a million movies and, a little later, M*A*S*H, a show set in the 50s and broadcast in the 70s. This particular 4x4 takes the Willys CJ of the 1960s, which inspired the design of the modern capital-J-Jeeps from Chrysler as well, as its basis. Icon again uses its founder Jonathan Ward's design sensibility to keep the classic shape with updates in materials and engineering. The CJ uses a four-cylinder GM engine to keep rock-crawling ability high and gasoline consumption low(ish). And because Icon is just that cool, you can get your CJ in New School or Old School garb.
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Lamborghini LM-002

Lamborghini LM-002
Lamborghini LM-002. Lamborghini
At the end of the go-go 80s and into the early 1990s, before everything went to h-e-double-hockey-sticks economically, Lamborghini produced a limited run of its very own SUV, the LM-002. Amazingly, it has a bit of the original Humvee about it, no? The same flat exterior panels, the same sharply angled body, the same forget-you fenders. It's even got a little open bed in the back, presaging the Hummer H3 pickup. This wasn't made for fighting wars over oil, though; the LM-002 was made for the people who owned the oil. It was a big hit in the Middle East, though the first buyer was in North Africa -- the king of Morocco, to be precise.
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Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini Urus Concept
Lamborghini Urus Concept. Lamborghini
Lamborghini had such a good time with its last SUV that it decided to give the four-wheel-drive off-roading thing another try -- after thirty years. Like most modern SUVs, the Urus is more of a family-friendly crossover vehicle suited for the mall and occasional glamping trips (that's glam-camping, for those of you who weren't aware such a thing existed) than for fording creeks and crawling over boulders.
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Maserati Kubang

Maserati Kubang Concept
Maserati Kubang Concept. Maserati
Get ready, kids! Here comes the Kubang! (Does the name anyone else think of that episode of Parks and Recreation where the group Kaboom! comes in and builds a park in a day? No? Just me? Okay.) Italian sports car maker Maserati throws its hat into the luxury SUV ring with this new-for-2013 model. It makes (slightly) more sense than you might think, since Fiat now owns both Chrysler, the Jeep people, and Maserati. Maserati had the Kubang on the shelf for a decade as a concept, and its new stepsister brought the chassis and parts it would need to the family. Maserati promises to use its own designers and engineers, but it will take that proven Jeep chassis, please and thank you.
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Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2009 Mercedes-Benz G500
2009 Mercedes-Benz G500. Mercedes-Benz
Again with the military roots! I shouldn't be surprised by this point, and neither should you, to learn that the G-Class was first built as a military vehicle. In 1979, it made its civilian debut with the same boxy shape that it's kept for three decades now. It nearly didn't make it that long; Mercedes wanted to replace it in the mid-2000s with the smoother, more luxurious GLK-Class SUV, but the G-wagen is too tough to die. It ain't going out like that. So it soldiers on with that giant three-pointed star in the grille and as much luxury inside as any king of Morocco could want. It even comes in a souped-up AMG version.