Goodbye, Maserati Levante test mules.
The first SUV from Ferrari, the Purosangue, is on its way. It's not going to challenge a Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class for practicality, but you can be certain that it will be at least as good to drive as the Lamborghini Urus, if not better. The Purosangue was spied earlier this month but at the time, it seemed that Ferrari was still using Maserati Levante test mules for the prototype. Well, our spy photographers have been hard at work and have now captured the Purosangue in its production body for the first time. Heavy camouflage conceals all the details, but the proportions are more accurate than what we've seen before.
From some angles, the Purosangue looks almost like a hatchback. The roofline is lower than the average SUV and tapers down towards the back. According to the rumors, the Purosangue will be around 196 inches in length. If that holds true, it'll be around five inches shorter than the Urus. This also stays true to what we previously suspected in that the Purosangue will be more akin to a lifted GTC4Lusso than a traditional SUV.
Judging by the shape of the camo, the Purosangue will have inlets on the hood, while the headlights have a sharp and sporty design. At the back, we can see quad-exit tailpipes. Power is expected to come from V6 or V8 engines with hybrid assistance, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of a V12 either. The latter was previously rumored to produce around 800 horsepower.
Years later, BMW is still trying to get people to refer to its SUVs as Sport Activity Vehicles (SAVs), and Ferrari also doesn't want the Purosangue to be lumped together with rugged, off-road vehicles with wayward handling. To that end, Ferrari calls this a Ferrari Utility Vehicle (FUV). Whatever the company calls it, it's likely to be a big seller for the brand. Slapping the most beguiling automotive badge onto an SUV is surely a recipe for success - just ask Lamborghini, and Porsche, and Aston Martin. The Ferrari Purosangue is expected to make its debut sometime next year, and since it is now wearing its own bodywork, we suspect the bulk of the mechanical development has been done.