For many, many years, Ferrari vehemently denied that it’ll build an SUV. In fact last year, Sergio Marchionne, the current boss of Italian carmaker, said “you’d have to shoot me first” when asked if Ferrari is ever going introduce an all-terrain car. However, it seems like the iconic brand has made a massive U-turn on its earlier stand and has become the latest to succumb to the lure of SUV profits. With this, Ferrari has joined the long list of luxury car manufacturers including the likes of Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Rolls-Royce, to deviate from their car making history and mark their presence in one of the most profitable segments of the industry.
According to a report from UK’s Car magazine, Ferrari’s crossover SUV, internally code-named F16X, is being developed for a 2021 launch. It goes on to say that the Ferrari crossover will be built alongside the next-gen GTC4 Lusso with aluminum architecture and it’ll be a high-riding soft-roader. The British magazine also claims that the F16X will be taller than its next-gen GTC and will come with suicide back doors, allowing for a huge doorway and no B-pillars for unimpeded access to the rear seats. Although there is no word on the possible pricing of the car, but we expect it to be in excess of $400,000. Despite the steep pricing, industry experts believe the F16X Ferrari crossover could double annual sales to around 16,000 units a year. But, we won’t be surprised if Ferrari comes up with a completely new term for the car and avoid the words “crossover” and “SUV” in reference to the F16X.