Seems like everybody feels they can make an SUV today, even exotic makers of the stature of Maserati. The Maserati Levante seems to be sending the most ripples when SUVs are concerned. This is the first SUV that the Italian automaker has ever made and all signs point to it being a hit.
To build a SUV is a totally different ball game from building a sports car. Where sports car are designed to give more power acceleration and momentum. However, SUVs adhere to a different philosophy altogether, where they are built to get through tough terrain with ease and comfort. Thus, for an automaker who has been used to making exotics they were going to find it a little more difficult.