Australia’s boatbuilder Riviera has announced the addition of 575 SUV, a new versatile model to join its crossover collection of sporty motoryachts.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst explains: “The crossover SUV series combines the high-performance, blue-water cruising and luxury liveability attributes of the classic Riviera Flybridge collection, and the single-level, leisurely entertaining features of our luxurious Sport Yacht design,” he says.

The new model will be available with either pod or shaft drives to suit specific geographic and owner requirements. Riviera claims the 575 SUV will be one of the first yachts in the world to offer such flexibility. “There are three choices for a drive package for new the 575 SUV – a IPS2-950, IPS2-1200 or the conventional D13 shaft drive,” explains Longhurst.

The standard power installation is a twin IPS2-950 (533kW / 725hp) pod configuration with D11 engines, which delivers Volvo’s fuel efficiency, low noise levels, long cruising range and high top-end speed.

“The entire SUV range has proven immensely popular since we launched the collection with the world premiere of our 5000th yacht – a 445 SUV – a little more than 18 months ago. We have now sold almost 87 yachts with Riviera’s SUV badge and we are extremely proud of the way this collection is being embraced by boating aficionados worldwide,” comments Longhurst.

New model will be available with either pod or shaft drives to suit specific geographic and owner requirements

New model will be available with either pod or shaft drives to suit specific geographic and owner requirements

The Riviera 575 SUV is a three-stateroom/two bathroom yacht. Her hull lines run straight aft from the maximum mid-ship beam of 5.13m, which in turn, provides an extremely buoyant lift and an easy planing surface. Other unique features include a clever alfresco cockpit and mezzanine design creating an entirely new indoor/outdoor living experience.

Longhurst adds: “Owners can also opt for a traditional cockpit design if they desire or enjoy the Riviera 575 SUV’s clever new cockpit design which includes large transom and elevated mezzanine lounges with convertible table, wet bar, barbecue, fridge and ice-maker, as well as great volumes of storage and a covered cockpit docking station for the joystick or thruster control panel.”

The Riviera 575 SUV’s all-new dash design has enough room for three 15-inch multi-function display screens, as well as dedicated switches for the horn and two pantographic wipers with intermittent settings as well as the overhead and navigation lights.

Riviera currently offers 17 different models from 36ft to 77ft across five model collections: the Flybridge range, the Sport Yachts, the SUV series, the Sports Motor Yacht design, and the Belize Motor Yachts.