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Motor Trend - - Intake - MIKE CONNOR

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.

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