McLaren officials have repeatedly rejected the idea of offering a crossover, but a new report suggests they have changed their minds and will eventually join rivals such as Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Lotus, and Ferrari.
According to Autocar, work is already underway and the company intends to launch the crossover in the second-half of this decade. Little is known about the model at this point, but the publication says it will be fully electric and “never be available with a combustion engine.”
There’s also speculation that the crossover will be launched in one specification, before additional variants are added to the lineup. However, details are hazy as the model is simply rumored to have all-wheel drive as well as a dual- or tri-motor powertrain. There’s also no word on the battery pack or range but, if the model is indeed in the works, it’s reasonable to assume the company would use a relatively lightweight battery with the latest technology.
Pricing also remains a mystery, but the publication suggests the crossover won’t come cheap as it could potentially retail for around £350,000 ($423,221 / €407,022). That number should be taken with a grain of salt but, if correct, it would be far more expensive than the DBX and Urus.
While McLaren had been dead set against a crossover, it appears the change of heart could be due to the departure of longtime CEO Mike Flewitt as well as the desire to improve sales and profitability. This is understandable as the Urus is the fastest-selling Lamborghini in history, while Porsche recently noted the Cayenne “immediately exceeded sales expectations” and generated 1 million sales in less than 18 years.