Ferrari has confirmed that it will release its first SUV later this year, teasing the front end design of the new car on Instagram before its arrival.
The final name of the codenamed Purosangue SUV has not yet been revealed but it could be positioned as a high-riding, high-performance Ferrari model instead of a two-box SUV. The teaser image confirms that the leaked images of the new model we have already seen were accurate
The leaked photos, also published on Instagram, show the front and rear of the car at the Maranello factory, and we can see the details of the original design and the effects of other Ferrari models.
The headlights seem to be a more dramatic interpretation of the units featured on the Roma GT, extending a slash from the car’s nose and into lighter clusters. The bonnet looks like a clamshell and the gapping grille is lowered to the front bumper.
A Ferrari shield sits on the front wing (probably optional) and is heavily sculpted under the door and seal, which is bent in the middle of the car to hide some of the visual mass of the machine.
As we have seen with the spy shot, the rear of the car has a quad exhaust and a moderate diffuser. The rear wheels have vents on the back and the rear lights are similar to the recently unveiled 296GTB.
We expect Ferrari’s first SUV to launch later this year, with delivery of the Purosangue starting in 2023. It will compete with luxury models like Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga.
The company’s marketers describe Purasangu as a “Ferrari utility vehicle.” Our recent spy shots (which show the car in its production bodywork) suggest that it may be anything but useful, although it has a relatively low ride-height and a low slang silhouette.
Where the DBX and Urus sit tall and straight with relatively short overhangs, the front has a long bonnet, a steeply racked windscreen and a fairly long wheelbase.
The rear overhang is also wide, while the rear wheels seem to be slightly larger in diameter than the front – just like a supercar. However, this could be a fog in the way the prototype is set up.
Since it rides so low, we expect the Ferrari ride to fit the Purosangue with the height-adjustable air suspension. Quad-exit exhausts are also visible in this prototype, such as the huge cross-drilled brake disc and the huge caliper set.
Our exclusive image shows how the finished Purosangue can see once the camouflage is pulled off. We hope it will draw on the Roma GT car for some design inspiration, sharing the same bonnet line, grille shape and flared hunches.
While Purosangue’s styling doesn’t make it particularly practical – in the SUV world, at least – it will be the widest model in Ferrari’s lineup. Features a four-door, four-seater layout and a hatchback tailgate.
In short, then, the SUV GTC4 will become an indirect replacement for the Luso four-seater coupe, which Ferrari pulled from its price list at the end of 2020.
New 2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV: Platform and engine
Ferrari has already confirmed that the Purosangue will be built on the same platform as the Roma GT. Michael Leiters, a former chief technology officer, tells us: “In general, we have two families of architecture – the front and rear engine families.
“There is modularity, and especially in front-engine architecture, we need to predict many more models. We have a 2 + 2, we have a 4+, we are thinking about Purosangue and so on. ”
Leiters also noted that the SUV’s platform is capable of receiving V6, V8 or V12 engines, suggesting that the Purosangue may be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, similar to the unit design found in the SF-90 Stradale.
However, we expect the former two units to be potential candidates for electrical assistance. Ferrari will continue to build its 6.5-liter V12 engine independently of the hybrid drive, as combining such a heavy combustion engine with a heavier electric motor and battery pack is not in the company’s favor.
Enrique Galleira, Ferrari’s chief marketing officer, told the Auto Express: So electrification should ideally be combined with smaller engines.
“The philosophy is to try to be prepared with different technologies to use them with the necessary evolution,” he added. “So we have a wide range of engines: the V12, the V8 and, in the future, the V6.”
Purosangue mule spy videos have already begun circulating on social media, some with a very distinctive 12-cylinder engine note. However, since Purosangue will share its underpinning with the Roma GT, we expect it to be available with that car’s turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine.
In this GT car the unit produces 612bhp and 760Nm of torque, which can be steady across the two models. Given the amount of extra space available in the Purosangue’s body, however, the Ferrari Roma may move away from the rear-drive layout and move to a four-wheel drive set-up instead.
New 2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV: Price and launch date
Ferrari will unveil the Purosangue later this year, although the brand has not yet confirmed a date for the car’s launch event. When the order books finally open, we expect prices to start around £ 200,000
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