It’s all about SUVs at the moment. Consumers want them, and since automakers are, after all, businesses, they’re more than happy to oblige. But there’s one automaker that doesn’t have any interest in making a SUV: McLaren.
After years of saying that there will never be a SUV from Ferrari, it looks like the Italian marque will indeed make a SUV. After a nearly 24-year hiatus, Lamborghini has re-entered the SUV scene with the 641 HP Urus. So it would only make sense for McLaren to follow suit with a high-riding vehicle of its own. McLaren, though, has no interest in making SUVs.
In an interview with Autocar, the British automaker’s engineering design boss, Dan Parry-Williams, stated that McLaren will continue to build sports cars.
“I’m not the first person to point out that sports utility vehicles are neither sporty nor utilitarian,” said Parry-Williams. “In terms of our philosophy of ‘everything for a reason,’ I don’t get it.”
McLaren have been saying the same thing for many years now. Back in 2016, the automaker’s head of PR, Wayne Bruce, said something similar. We heard Parry-Williams say something similar earlier this year, so it’s good to see that he hasn’t changed his tune.
Instead of going down the route of making a SUV or crossover, we can only assume that McLaren will stick to its guns of making vehicles that fall into its three pronged-lineup of Sports, Super and Ultimate Series. And that’s good news as the world is full of SUVs; we’d rather see more supercars like the Senna than estates on stilts with supercar-like horsepower.