The luxury-SUV segment continues to evolve and grow into something that can handle more than the maze of the mall parking structure.
With SUVs of all sizes and types outselling Corona on Taco Tuesdays, it’s easy to forget how relatively young so many of them are. When Mercedes launched the proto-GLE, the M-class, in 1997, SUVs were still mostly Ford Explorers and Jeep Grand Cherokees. The luxury class in particular was so infantile that the first M had a ladder frame. Twenty years later, there’s been such baffling diversification of the SUV species that all four vehicles seen here now have “coupe” siblings that are mechanically identical but intentionally less practical. It’s a style statement made into a, um, style statement.
Read full post here: