Ferrari previews its Purosangue SUV’s design

Ferrari is gearing up to enter the performance SUV ring in 2022 and has taken to Instagram to preview the design of the Purosangue, which shows the front of the new car in the classic Ferrari Rosso Corsa, with an elevated hood, sleek lights and wide air intakes

Last month, a series of images are said to have leaked and Ferrari, which then declined to comment, has now said: “You’ve heard the rumours… and we’re excited to confirm they’re true (some of them). Everything will be later.” be unveiled this year.”

Short overhangs and a long, low hood are some of the other defining features, reflecting the focus on power and sharp handling of Maranello’s first SUV.

Importantly, the low leading edge of the bonnet hints at an engine pushed further back in the chassis for better weight distribution, in a front mid-engine reminiscent of the lowered 812 Superfast grand tourer.

The SUV, known internally as the 175, is one of 15 new Ferraris announced last year. They will be built on two custom architectures that deliver two distinct model lines, one for mid-engined supercars such as the F8 Tributo, and the other for mid-engined GT-style cars, including the new SUV.

Ferrari is tight-lipped on the details of the Purosangue, but is happy to discuss the theory and challenges behind pushing the brand in the most radical direction yet in its 72-year history.

The design of the SUV is known to have been signed off and will use Ferrari’s mid-engined front architecture, which can accommodate V6, V8 and V12 engines, with or without hybrid support. They also support a dual-clutch automatic transmission with transaxle; rear or four-wheel drive; two-, two-plus-two or four-seat cabs with variable wheelbase lengths.

Based on these extensive parameters, the SUV will take the form of a four-seater with a length of about five meters, and its high ground clearance is likely to be achieved by height-adjustable suspension and an anti-roll system.

The Purosangue will feature plug-in hybrid technology to reduce emissions, with the powertrain derived from the new V6-powered Ferrari 296 GTB, although a version of the electrified V8 from the SF90 is also planned. A top-of-the-line V12 version is also considered likely as Ferrari remains committed to developing V12 engines.


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