Ferrari Actually Planning on SUV Utility Model for 2021
“FUV” to Feature Hidden Rear Doors
On April Fool’s Day, we posted a lighthearted jab at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief Sergio Marchionne, inferring in jest that he’d decided to build a Ferrari SUV after a bit too much wine.
Well, as they say, truth is stranger than fiction, as Ferrari is in fact planning on a high-riding utility vehicle, according to reports in Autocar and CAR magazines.
According to Autocar, the upcoming (and unconfirmed) Ferrari SUV will go by a different moniker when it goes on sale in 2021, opting for the abbreviation “FUV.” The marketing tactic (similar to how BMW unironically calls its SUVs “sports activity vehicles”) is likely a way to rationalize statements made last month by Ferrari Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Enrico Galliera. Speaking to Autocar, he averred the company would not produce an SUV or a four-door vehicle because “while a four-door can be fast, it’s not a sports car.”
However, a corroborating report in CAR suggests the company will use some semantic gymnastics to justify building a fast, four-door SUV. The vehicle will likely be based on the same platform as the GTC4’s replacement; that all-wheel-drive hatchback and its FF predecessor were Ferrari’s first vehicles with four driven wheels. Expect the crossover/SUV/“FUV” to take a similar form factor as the GTC4, but with two rear doors with their shutlines hidden within the bodywork. You know, like they do it on the Honda HR-V.
All joking aside, Ferrari’s crosstown rival to the Lamborghini Urus—as well as the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan—should start at around $300,000, eclipsing each of its competitors in a stunning fashion. Powering the crossover will likely be a twin-turbo V-8, possibly with hybrid electrification for added power and efficiency.
Here at the Truck Trend Network, we tend to be big fans of all kinds of trucks, SUVs, and even crossovers. But we have to admit, a high-riding Ferrari strikes us as a cynical cash grab from the Italian automaker, keen to capture the attention of well-to-do yuppies rather than dyed-in-the-wool auto enthusiasts. That said, it’s too early to judge, and maybe the company will surprise us with a quality automobile.