Sergio Marchionne’s legacy at Ferrari?
A tidal wave of new cars. Sources in Italy say Maranello has 15 new vehicles slated for launch through 2022, by which time 60 percent of the Ferrari lineup will also have a hybrid powertrain. Insiders talk of four “pillars” when describing the future portfolio: Sport, which means cars like the 488 and 812 Superfast; GT, which means cars like the Portofino and Lusso; Specials, track-focused high-performance variants such as the 488 Pista; and Icona, limited-run high-dollar specials like the newly unveiled Monza that reference classic Ferrari race cars from the 1950s. The GT group gets an all-new member in 2021, the Purosangue (Thoroughbred). This is the long-rumored all-road Ferrari, and it will be based on the same architecture as the Lusso. It will have all-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and long-travel suspension, but don’t call it an SUV.
Hyundai is finally making the jump into the pickup segment. Sort of. The Santa Cruz pickup, previewed in concept form at the 2015 Detroit show, is on track for a 2020 launch, with powertrain options currently being chosen for various regional markets. That means diesel-powered versions will be available in Asia and Europe. But here’s the thing: Insiders say the Santa Cruz, which will be based on a unibody platform, will be slightly smaller than a Ford Ranger. Does Hyundai see Santa Cruz competing in that midsize space against Ranger, Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier, or does it see going head to head with the car-based Honda Ridgeline?
Porsche’s 992 series 911, due to arrive in the U.S. in 2019, is essentially a makeover of the existing car. An all-new 911 doesn’t appear until the next-gen model, when it will shift to the Porsche-developed MSB-H/M architecture, which supports both rear- and mid-engine setups. Not unexpectedly, the 992 is evolutionary rather than revolutionary in terms of exterior design. But the interior will get a major makeover, with a large Panamerastyle infotainment screen front and center.
Although Gerry Mcgovern’s Range Rover Velar has been a home run, his Land Rover Discovery is proving less so. In the three months leading up to July, the Discovery was the slowest-selling vehicle in the five-model Land Rover lineup worldwide— bested even by the more expensive Range Rover. Auto industry design insiders are awaiting the reveal of the all-new Land Rover Defender with interest. Not all are convinced Mcgovern’s design sensibilities are suited to reimagining a tough, simple vehicle originally aimed at no-nonsense farmers and explorers.