A mysterious teaser image showing a Caterham SUV, has surfaced on Twitter. Above the line drawing are the words “We will create our own future, destiny and history from here. Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Chairman.”
However, Caterham has distanced itself from the picture and a spokeswoman confirmed “this is not an official Caterham image.”
Whoever is responsible for the prank definitely has their finger on the pulse. When we met Tony Fernandes in September at the Singapore Grand Prix, he confirmed an SUV was very much part of his expansion plans for the brand.
"There are a few ways, we could buy in a platform, or it could be another joint venture. I want to try and create the Caterham experience in a car that's functional, too,” he told us. “It's a tough ask but I have some extremely talented engineers - we already have some designs for it. It has to be a crossover like nothing out there, but offer pound-for-pound affordability."
And Fernandes’ ambitions don’t stop there. Along with a production version of the Seven-based AeroSeven concept in late 2014, Caterham is also working alongside Renault to produce there own version of the Alpine – a mid-engined two-seater sports car due in 2015.
Looking further into the future, Fernandes has also expressed an interest in the hot hatch market: “I see no reason why we couldn't make a Golf GTI, but with a little extra kick - something in that region of size definitely."