Ferrari is still trying to fool us with Maserati Levante test mules.
It's no secret that Ferrari is entering the super SUV segment with the upcoming Purosangue. An SUV with a Ferrari badge would have been unthinkable a few years ago, but the Italian automaker has to respond to the competition. By taking on the Urus and DBX, Ferrari hopes the Purosangue will steal a slice of the performance SUV pie from Lamborghini and Aston Martin.
While the Purosangue isn't expected to arrive until 2022 to fill the void left by the GTC4Lusso being axed, prototype testing has already begun. Earlier this month, video footage captured Ferrari's first SUV on the move tackling snowy conditions in Sweden. Unfortunately, the footage was shot from a distance, but these latest spy shots give us a much clearer look.
This latest Purosangue prototype is still wrapped in camouflage and appears to be based on a modified Maserati Levante test mule. It appears to share the same grille and headlights as the Levante, but its underpinnings will be borrowed from the Roma GT. It's also still riding noticeably closer to the ground than the Levante.
While the production model will have variable ground clearance, Ferrari won't want to compromise the responsive handling the Italian automaker is renowned for. In other words, don't expect it to have the same off-roading prowess as a Land Rover Defender. Being a Ferrari, the Purosangue will also be significantly more powerful than the Levante.
Whereas the range-topping Levante Trofeo utilizes a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 590 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque, Ferrari's first SUV will reportedly pack an 800-hp V12 at launch. A V8 hybrid variant is also planned and will likely borrow tech from the SF90 supercar, but it won't be available at launch. This will be one of several new hybrid models Ferrari will launch within the next few years, including a new 700-hp hybrid supercar that will slot below the SF90.
Looking ahead, Ferrari will also launch two fully-electric versions of the Purosangue, with the first allegedly planned for a 2024 debut. Let's hope it doesn't take too long for the camouflage to peel away and reveal the final production design.