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.