The four-wheel drive system may be more conventional than that used in the GTC4 Lusso’s 4RM Evo system, which utilises a seperate gearbox in front of the engine to apportion a limited percentage of torque to the front wheels. A conventional transfer case or hybrid system could take its place.
Although Ferrari wishes to remain exclusive and keep volume at around the 7000 mark (per year), and has swore many times it would not follow rivals down the SUV path, an SUV is increasingly what well-heeled customers want, hence why Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and others have added the profitable wagons to their product plans. Expect to see this materialise by around 2021.
The model is called F16X internally, according to British magazine Car. It will take the form of a high-riding four-door with a sleek, fastback-like roof line. Don’t expect the Prancing Horse to launch a tall, boxy truck like the Range Rover.
The SUV will be part of a two-pronged approach to replacing the GTC4Lusso, but it won’t get a V12 engine. Instead, entry-level models will use a turbocharged V8 engine, while more upmarket variants will receive a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.