The Italian firm is set to replace its four-seat shooting brake with an SUV in 2022.
The FerrariGTC4 Lusso four-seat grand tourer has reached the end of its life with production having stopped and the company’supcoming SUV due to serve as its indirect replacement.
Ferrari has ceased production of its shooting brake grand tourer
The upcoming ‘Purosangue’ SUV will replace the GTC4 Lusso
Deliveries of SF90 Stradale delayed due to coronavirus pandemic
Why is Ferrari replacing the GTC4 Lusso?
In a statement released confirming the news,Ferrarisaid, “In accordance with its five-year model strategy announced in 2017 and the company’s standard model life cycle, Ferrari has phased out production of the GTC4 Lusso andGTC4 Lusso T.”
What made this grand tourer special?
Introduced as areplacement for the FF in 2016, the GTC4 Lusso was positioned asFerrari’smost practical model, and with four seats and a usable boot, intended to appeal to younger buyers.
It maintained the FF’s all-wheel-drive system and 6.3-litre V12 engine, but with power raised to 690hp. The GTC4 Lusso was also among the first Ferraris to userear-wheel steering.
Ferrari introduced a more affordable, entry-level versioncalled the GTC4 Lusso T in 2018. This used a modified version of the 3.8-litre V8 engine found in theCalifornia Tand was rear-wheel drive only.
Was the GTC4 Lusso popular?
Since its introduction, the GTC4 Lusso has attracted a strong following. The Italian firm has soldmore than 1,496 examples in Europe, an average of 374 per year. However, production of the GTC4 Lusso is being phased outas the marque turns its attention towards its first SUV, which isdue in 2022.
Do we know more about Ferrari’s upcoming SUV?
Dubbed thePurosangue, which translates from Italian as ‘thoroughbred’, the SUV will have four seats and a length of around five metres. It is also known that itwill employ Ferrari’s scalable front-mid-engine architecture, one of two highly flexible structures that will underpin the firm’s future model range.
While no powertrains have been confirmed, expect Ferrari to produce both a V12 and V6 plug-in hybrid version of the Purosangue as it seeks to lower its CO2 emissions in line with the new EU regulations arriving in 2021.
What else is Ferrari doing?
Partly to this end, the marque recently introduced its first series-production plug-in hybrid:the SF90 Stradale. First deliveriesof this model have beendelayed by several months due to production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They wereoriginally scheduled for the first half of 2020, but havenow been pushed back to later this year.