SUVs are such a widely accepted part of the automotive landscape these days that few batted an eyelid when Jaguar, after 80-odd years of racing cars, and manufacturing sporty coupes and sports sedans, released the F-Pace soft-roader in 2016. (And this, after years of denying it would tread on sister company Land Rover’s toes, of course.)
The Macan also managed to slip into Porsche showrooms relatively controversy-free in 2014, with the bigger Cayenne having borne the brunt of protests from purists more than a decade earlier.
And as for the Audi Q5 – well, its 2008 debut was merely a natural follow-up to 2006’s Q7 and the company could only be expected to create rivals for its compatriot competitors, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Sales results, of course, have justified all three models. The first-generation Audi Q5 was the best-selling luxury SUV locally and globally for a sustained period, and the F-Pace and Macan currently account for about half of Jaguar and Porsche sales in Australia.
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