Don’t sleep on this powertrain to find its way into Ferrari’s first SUV

There’s no turning back for Ferrari now. The Italian automaker is now fully invested in the world of hybrid powertrains as company CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that a Ferrari V-8 hybrid is coming in 2019. Marchionne didn’t elaborate on the details just yet, but he did admit that test mules of the car are “around now.” If the hybrid powertrain finds its way into a production model as many expect it would, it would become the first series-production hybrid model Maranello has on the road since the Ferrari LaFerrari.

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari Exterior Drivetrain AutoShow
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If the hybrid powertrain finds its way into a production model as many expect it would, it would become the first series-production hybrid model Maranello has on the road since the Ferrari LaFerrari.

We already know that Ferrari’s going the hybrid route. We also know that the first production hybrid since the LaFerrari will arrive next year. What we don’t know is what model Ferrari plans to use its new powertrain in first. There are a number of candidates to consider, but the likeliest one has to be the company’s yet-to-be-named SUV, a car that also happens to have a 2019 release schedule. A hybrid Ferrari SUV would be an interesting choice given how the premium SUV landscape has shaped in recent years. That’s largely due to the arrival of models like the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. Granted, these two SUVs are offered with a number of engine options, including gas-powered mills and, at least in the case of the Bentayga, hybrid powertrains.

A hybrid Ferrari SUV would be interesting because it would immediately set it apart from its rivals. At the moment, Bentley is the only company that has given a clear sign of its plans to release a hybrid version of the Bentayga. You can slot Porsche into that mix too with the Cayenne Turbo S-E Hybrid. For its part, Lamborghini has yet to say if it plans to develop a hybrid version of the Urus so, if Ferrari beats it to this spot, it could turn into an advantage for the Maranello-based company.

More important than occupying a premium spot is the fact that the upcoming emission target escalation is coming in 2020.

More important than occupying a premium spot is the fact that the upcoming emission target escalation is coming in 2020. If Ferrari does have a hybrid SUV in the wings, its release would happen at the perfect time. While it’s true that those targets only apply to automakers selling more than 10,000 units, a Ferrari SUV would almost certainly allow the automaker to reach that threshold. As it is without an SUV, Ferrari already sold 8,400 units in 2017 and has plans to break the 9,000-unit mark this year.

All that said, it’s still unclear how Ferrari plans to configure this new V-8 hybrid powertrain. Marchionne claims the new setup “needs to become more of a traditional hybrid,” a stark turnaround from the LaFerrari’s Formula One-styled tech that relied on a Kinetic Energy Recovery system to boost its performance capabilities. Expect this new hybrid to put efficiency into focus as much as it does to its performance. Could it be possible, then, that this new powertrain will come in the form of a plug-in hybrid system? It would make sense for Ferrari given what the future holds for the industry.

Regardless, it seems that Ferrari is now fully invested in hybrid and electrified engines. Who would have thought this day would actually come?

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Source: Auto Express

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