The Prancing Horse brand’s first SUV has been spotted with its production body for the first time, ahead of its market launch next year.
Ferrari’s first SUV, codenamed the 2022 Ferrari Purosangue, has been spotted testing once again – but rather than the Maserati Levante bodywork clothing previous prototypes, the latest test car wears the SUV’s production sheetmetal.
While finer styling details remain obscured by heavy black camouflage, it’s clear the Purosangue (Italian for thoroughbred) is no boxy Rolls-Royce Cullinan or Bentley Bentayga, instead adopting a lower, sleeker shape that goes some way to bridging the gap to Ferrari’s sports car range (including the GTC4Lusso ‘shooting brake’).
The shark-nosed front end draws some links to the Roma coupe, situated in front of a long bonnet (not unlike Ferrari’s V12 flagship cars) and wheel arches housing large alloys wrapped in wide Michelin tyres.
The rear end follows the coupe SUV trend with a sloping roofline, joined by four exhaust outlets toward the bottom of the bumper.
Details of Ferrari’s first SUV have trickled out over the last three years, however the new model is slated to ride on a new front-engined, rear-wheel-drive platform, with a rear-mounted transmission (transaxle) and an available four-seat layout.
The jury is out on what will lie under the Purosangue’s bonnet, though rumours range from an electrified V6, to a non-hybrid, naturally-aspirated V12 engine.
The UK’s Car reported earlier this year that the latter will be offered at launch – developing as much as 600kW – with a plug-in hybrid V8 to follow, likely drawing links to Ferrari’s flagship SF90 hypercar. However, these details are yet to be confirmed.
Our spy photographers note flaps in the camouflage on both sides of the prototype, suggesting one is for fuel, and the other is for electricity – pointing to a plug-in hybrid system.
The 2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV (or whatever name it carries to production) will launch sometime next year. An Australian launch has been confirmed, though timing is yet to be announced.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.