McLaren Rules Out A Crossover, Won’t Follow Ferrari And Lamborghini

It was once inconceivable that brands such as Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari would ever introduce a crossover but all of them either has a model in showrooms or one on the way. Even Lotus, the brand of “simplify then add lightness,” is plotting a crossover of its own.

The logic behind them is sound, as they basically print money, but McLaren isn’t planning to follow suit. Of the 12 models on the horizon, none of them will battle the Lamborghini Urus.

Speaking to Top Gear, McLaren chief designer Dan Parry-Williams said “I’m not the first person to point out an SUV is neither particularly sporty or utilitarian.” He went on to say crossovers don’t fit the company’s philosophy of “everything for a reason” unless “the reason is to clutter up the streets.”

Thankfully McLaren isn’t faced with the pressure to build a crossover as the company posted record sales last year. 3,340 McLaren models were sold in 2017 and a bulk of them were from the Sport Series lineup which includes the 570S and 570GT.

While we shouldn’t expect to see a McLaren crossover, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt recently said we can expect lighter models as well more vehicles with hybrid powertrains.

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  • roy

    *T&C apply. Offer valid till the sales figures last.

    Although I think the real reason that they’ll not follow Ferrari and Lamborghini immediately is just that both have readymade platforms for their SUVs but McLaren doesn’t.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Good point.

    • That does make sense, Ferrari had all the money to create exclusive platform. Lamborghini borrowed from Audi.

      MonoCell meanwhile is strictly mid-engine. And McLaren had no tie-up with other manufacturer.

  • Elmediterraneo

    It was predictable since the beginning that Ferrari and Lamborghini will build SUVs but McLaren will not. Why ?
    Lamborghini is part from the Volkswagen group so they can easily borrow the front engined platform to make an SUV.
    For Ferrari they already have a front engined platform which underpins most of their models.
    But McLaren makes only rear mid engined supercars built on a carbon monocell and you can’t make an SUV with that.
    Trust me if they can they would do it, nobody would refuse those potential sales revenues.
    But I’m expecting from McLaren a 4 seats GT or SUV once they’ll go all-electric. Why ?
    That’s the only way to share a modular platform between a supercar and an SUV which less changnes because the petrol engine is simply gone which makes the design of the platform much more adaptable to the model’s needs.

    • Good point, and like Williams recently unveiled electric car chassis, that one would be sufficient for underpinning SUV or Saloon.

  • DuDE

    Well they all say that at the begining..

  • Six_Tymes

    good, it would only be hideous if they did produce

    • Six Thousand Times

      Who has been stopped by that?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Good for them! Of course, they’ll have to change their minds soon enough in order to stay profitable.

  • That’s what we heard from Porsche, Maserati, Ferrari, and Lambo all said a few years ago. Look at what they’re doing.

    • Denzel

      Lambo didn’t say anything plus they had one before. And not to long ago the urus was a concept so the plan was already there but it was a toss up between it and the sedan. So with SUVs being popular by demand the urus won.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      why did you like your own comment above,Haji?

    • Not being pedantic but Porsche made SUV way before anyone else does, Maserati has done the Kubang concept mid 00s and Lambo never said they will never done SUV.

      The only offender here is Ferrari.

  • smartacus

    OK this statement alone about not following Ferrari
    and Lamborghini into making SUV’s just tells me
    McLaren will emerge as the undisputed number 1
    most prestigious supercar brand within 5 years.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I don’t really think McLaren needs an SUV at this point or even in a few years.

  • I hope they stay true on Ron Dennis statement went he introduce McLaren for the first time. McLaren won’t produce SUV or even GT. They will only do mid-engine.

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