Remember earlier this month, when the internet was sent into a frenzy by the news that Ferrari is allegedly planning a crossover utility vehicle? In the time since, it seems that the Maranello sportscar-maker may have found a loophole, allowing it to construct such a vehicle without threatening its honor.
The loophole, according to Sanford Bernstein auto analyst Max Warburton: hide the rear doors, and dub it an “FUV”, or “Ferrari Utility Vehicle”.
Internally codenamed the “F16X” (where the “X” stands for absolutely anything but “X-over”), Ferrari’s FUV is expected to launch in 2021 with a price tag in the neighborhood of £250k ($324k US), according to Autocar. More importantly, the company will not call it an SUV “because an SUV is not a sportscar,” as Ferrari Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Enrico Galliera told Autocar last month.
An SUV “can be fast, but it’s not a sportscar,” he said. “We are not producing a four-door because, while a four-door can be fast, it’s not a sportscar.” He concluded: “Ferrari has to remain consistent, doing what we know to do, which is delivering cars that are able to deliver emotion. Sportscars.”
However, Sanford Bernstein’s Max Warburton insists that this is all semantics – that Ferrari is gearing up to produce a four-door crossover model, but that its rear doors will “use a clever hidden arrangement” to stay invisible. And, he says, it will be called a “Ferrari Utility Vehicle”, not a crossover.
The anticipated Ferrari F16X will reportedly be based on the GTC4Lusso (pictured) – Ferrari’s follow-up to the front-mid-engined, all-wheel-drive FF. Warburton estimates that the model will sell between 2,000 and 3,000 units annually.