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Ferrari to launch first crossover in 2021

Published: 07 July 2017

► F16X: Ferrari's take on the SUV
► A sporting, high-riding coupe
► Due 2021, packs hybrid power 

Ferrari is bowing to the inevitable and drawing up plans for a sports car with more than a hint of genus off-roader about it.

Despite years of denying it would build an SUV, CAR magazine can confirm that it's now an active project in Maranello - and even has its own codename: F16X, which will be built alongside the next-gen GTC4 shooting brake range.

A new scoop dossier in the July 2017 issue of CAR (below) reveals the full story on what Ferrari insiders swear isn't an SUV.

CAR magazine, July 2017: revealing the new 2021 Ferrari soft-roader

Our artist's impression by Andrei Avarvarii (above) gives a good idea of what to expect: it's a five-door, high-riding coupe ready to square up to the new generation of super-luxury sports cars in the works.

It's a sector that's about to explode, led by pricey, butch offerings such as the Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini's forthcoming Urus.

Ferrari crossover: what to expect from Project F16X

CAR's sources reveal the Ferrari soft-roader will be twinned with the replacement for the GTC4, née Ferrari FF, which is due for replacement in 2020.

Ferrari FF: the first all-wheel drive Ferrari

That means it'll stick with an aluminium architecture and all-wheel drive (significant that; Ferrari has quietly developed a lot of 4wd knowledge since launching the FF, above, in 2011).

It'll be taller than its next-gen GTC relation and we hear it'll have suicide back doors, allowing for a huge doorway and no B-pillars for unimpeded access to the rear seats.

Engines, specs, prices 

The F16X crossover will eschew the V12 power available in the GTC4 Lusso, instead offering a V8 petrol or a hybrid powertrain. That's right: the Ferrari soft-roader will be the brand's first petrol-electric car since the LaFerrari.

How much will the Ferrari SUV cost? In excess of €300,000 (£265,000), according to our insiders.

It's good business, alright. Adding a tougher, rougher Ferrari will help double sales of the pracing horse to around 16,000 a year by the early part of the next decade. Which makes it easier to understand CEO Sergio Marchionne's apparent U-turn in deciding to chase the 4x4 dollar, albeit in a very Ferrari-friendly fashion.

Read the full story in the July 2017 issue of CAR magazine on sale now. Click here for a preview

By Georg Kacher

European editor, secrets uncoverer, futurist, first man behind any wheel