Coming soon

New 2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV spied for the first time

Ferrari Purosangue hits the track in Maserati Levante disguise

This is our first look at the new 2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV, caught on camera by our spy photographers in the hands of Ferrari engineers. 

Spied undergoing assessment on track, this prototype borrows some of its body panels from the Maserati Levante, so it isn’t a definitive glimpse as to what Ferrari’s first SUV will look like. 

Look closely and you’ll see that the SUV’s wheel arches have been flared to clear the wider Purosangue platform and the front bumper has larger intakes. The entire car also sits lower to the ground than a normal Levante.

When it goes on sale next year, the Ferrari Purosangue will face-off against a growing number of ultra-premium performance SUVs, such as the Aston Martin DBX, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus

The spy shots don’t reveal enough about the Purosangue’s design to give an indication of what it will look like when it arrives on roads next year, but our exclusive images could point in the correct direction. It may feature some of the design elements of the Roma GT, retaining the grand tourer’s long bonnet, short tail and flared haunches. However, the front of the SUV will likely use a more conventional radiator grille. 

At the rear, a practical hatchback would make the SUV more usable, providing a larger boot and an easier load lip – both of which are factors not usually at the forefront of a Ferrari engineer’s mind. It will likely trump the GT4C Lusso for space and practicality. 

New 2022 Ferrari Purosangue: platform and powertrains

Ferrari confirmed that the Purosangue will be based on the same platform as the Roma GT. Michael Leiters, Ferrari’s Chief Technology Officer explained: “In general we will have two families of architecture – front- and rear-engine families. 

“The modularity is there and, especially on the front-engined architecture, we have to foresee many more models. We have a 2+2, we have a 4+, we are thinking about Purosangue, and so on.”

Leiters also mentioned that the SUV’s platform is capable of accepting either V6, V8 or V12 engines, which suggests the Purosangue could be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, similar in design to the unit found in the SF-90 Stradale.

However, we expect the former two units are the most likely candidates for electrical assistance. Ferrari will continue to develop its 6.5-litre V12 engine independent of hybrid drive, as combining such a heavy combustion engine with an even heavier electric motor and battery pack is not favoured by the company’s engineers.

Ferrari’s Chief Marketing Officer, Enrico Galliera, told Auto Express: “To be honest, electrifying a V12 means creating – very probably – a heavy and big car. So electrification ideally should be coupled with smaller engines. The philosophy is to try to be ready with different technologies in order to use them with the necessary evolution,” he added. “That’s why we have a wide range of engines: V12, V8 and, in the future, the V6.”

As the Purosangue will share its underpinnings with the Roma, we expect it’ll use the same turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine. In the GT, the unit produces 612bhp and 760Nm of torque – which is likely to be a constant across the two models. However, Ferrari could shift away from the Roma’s rear-drive layout, given the amount of extra space available in the Purosangue’s body, moving instead to a four-wheel-drive system. 

Don’t be surprised if we see a V12 option either - it would give Ferrari’s SUV serious differentiation compared with rivals from Aston Martin and Lamborghini, with the Bentley Bentayga Speed the only other 12-cylinder super-SUV thanks to its W12 layout. 

New 2022 Ferrari Purosangue: market, pricing and release date

The new Ferrari Purosangue will make its official debut next year. The brand’s marketeers have dubbed it an “FUV” (that’s “Ferrari Utility Vehicle”). We’re expecting the Purosangue will be priced from over £200,000 when orders eventually open.

Do you think the Ferrari Purosangue will be a success? Read our run-down of the best luxury SUVs to check out the competition…

Recommended

New Ferrari hypercar for 2023 confirmed by Le Mans Hypercar entry
Ferrari Le Mans
News

New Ferrari hypercar for 2023 confirmed by Le Mans Hypercar entry

The next Ferrari halo model will focus on being lightweight and could feature a naturally aspirated V12
24 Feb 2021
The ultimate Ferrari toy car collection
Features

The ultimate Ferrari toy car collection

Meeting the UK's Ferrari merchandise king
1 Oct 2020
New one-off V12-powered Ferrari Omologata revealed
Ferrari

New one-off V12-powered Ferrari Omologata revealed

The Ferrari Omologata is a unique 812 Superfast-based coachbuilt special inspired by historic Ferrari racers
25 Sep 2020
New Ferrari Roma 2020 review
Ferrari Roma

New Ferrari Roma 2020 review

The new Ferrari Roma GT is the iconic Italian brand’s latest offering – and it’s a big improvement
7 Aug 2020

Most Popular

New all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 arrives to take on Tesla
Ioniq 5 - front
Hyundai

New all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 arrives to take on Tesla

The new Ioniq 5 – the first model from Hyundai’s all-electric sub-brand – takes design influence from the 45 Concept and will be offered with two batt…
23 Feb 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI ‘Edition 45’ anniversary model leaked
Volkswagen Golf GTI 'Edition 45' - front
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI ‘Edition 45’ anniversary model leaked

The Volkswagen Golf GTI will soon get a new special edition model to celebrate its Sapphire anniversary
23 Feb 2021
New Dacia Sandero Stepway Bi-Fuel 2021 review
Dacia Sandero Stepway - front
Dacia Sandero Stepway

New Dacia Sandero Stepway Bi-Fuel 2021 review

At just under £11k, the new Dacia Sandero Stepway is one of the best value-for-money cars on the market
24 Feb 2021