Ferrari SUV confirmed for production
Long-awaited SUV to arrive in late 2019 or early 2020
Speaking to Carbuyer at the Detroit Motor Show, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) boss Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that a Ferrari SUV could be unveiled as soon as late 2019.
Ferrari’s plan may not please many die-hard fans of the brand, but it's a car needed to help increase the company’s profits and meet competition from other high-end brands like the Bentley Bentayga, plus the forthcoming Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Concerns that a Ferrari SUV could look too truck-like were dismissed by Marchionne. “It will look like whatever a Ferrari utility vehicle needs to look like,” he said. “But it has to drive like a Ferrari.”
Unsurprisingly, Ferrari is aiming to make sure its ‘FUV’ – Ferrari Utility Vehicle – will be the fastest car of its type when it arrives: “So far, the fastest SUV belongs to Alfa and I don’t think Ferrari fears Alfa,” said Marchionne.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio manages 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of over 190mph, while the Lamborghini Urus accelerates quicker but offers a similar top end, with a 3.6-second 0-62mph sprint and a top speed of just under 190mph. Needless to say, Ferrari’s effort will need to be truly supercar-quick to beat its Italian rivals.
Marchionne confirmed that the FUV will be here sooner than many expected, telling Carbuyer that it’ll arrive “probably by the end of 19, the beginning of 20. I’ve seen the car when I was in Europe eight days ago. So we are working on the vehicle but it’s not finished.
“They’re just mock-up bodies just now. But it looks good,” he confirmed.