As SUV’s continue to dominate carmakers plans for the foreseeable future, even those prestigious marques that might have scoffed at the idea of producing such a car only a few years ago have joined in, from Bentley to Rolls Royce and more recently Aston Martin, soon we will see the arrival of the Ferrari Purosangue, set to replace the recently dropped GTC4Lusso models.
Spied on test in and around the Maranello headquarters of Ferrari, featuring four doors and a raised ride height the Purosangue will be an important model for the brand is it aims to take a slice of the prestigious SUV sector. Although appearing to be almost a Maserati Levante in disguise, clearly it’s all a case of a cover up while the prototype is put through it’s testing stages, since the final production model will bear no resemblance to the Triton badged SUV, itself currently available in the top spec Trofeo version with a Ferrari V8 under the bonnet.
The overall length and ‘style’ of the mule suggests that the Ferrari SUV will be front-mid-engined, whilst the bonnet bulge suggests that possibly a V12 may feature in the top of the range version. With exhausts looking like they have come straight from the outgoing GTC4Lusso model and enormous brake discs the SUV on test certainly gives very little away in what we can expect from Ferrari’s first SUV.
Set to be launched within the next 2 years, the Purosangue is one of 15 new models we can expect from the stables of the prancing horse, including one-off models, limited editions, mid-engined and front-engined cars. The Ferrari SUV is seen as a vital part of the carmakers plans.
“I’m convinced on this car and the technical concept,” Ferrari’s chief technical officer Michael Leiters revealed in an exclusive interview. “I think we’ve found a concept and a package which is on one side a real SUV and will convince SUV customers to buy it, but on the other side there’s a huge differentiation of concept to existing SUVs.”
As the Ferrari SUV continues moving to the testing stage, with the possibility of a V12 and V6 plug-in hybrid versions also likely as part of the Italian carmakers new designed architecture, you can expect to see lot’s more of the car on test, and love or hate them the SUV isn’t going away anytime soon.