While McLaren has always opposed electric cars, it is rumored that a trendy SUV is in preparation. It could see the light of day in 2030.
At present, and while the European Union plans to ban the sale of thermal cars in 2035, the vast majority of manufacturers have already announced their ambition to no longer offer only electric models in the more or less short term. But some are still resisting.
This is particularly the case of McLaren, which announced in 2020 that no connected series model would be planned. In an interview given to the British media Car Magazine, Mike Flewitt, CEO of the brand then answered the questions ” are you going to do an SUV”, or “are you going to do an electric car? The answer is no, we’re not going to.“.
A contradictory project
It would seem that these assertions, however very clear-cut, are no longer really relevant. As our colleagues from Autocar relate, the English firm would indeed be preparing an electric car, which will take the form of an SUV. A project in total contradiction with the original plans of McLaren and a reversal of situation which could be easily explained.
Indeed, a new leader, Michael Leiters set to take office from July. This could therefore be at the origin of this change of strategy, even if the manufacturer, based in Woking, England has not yet officially communicated on this new project. This could also have been motivated by the success of its competitors’ raised models, such as the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.
A 100% electric model
For the moment, no information has been revealed on this hypothetical future electric SUV, which could see the light of day in the course of the year 2030. According to our colleagues, only one version would be offered at launch, but it could be that other configurations arrive a little later. Variants with two or three engines would then be marketedwith one goal: to surpass the Aston Martin DBX 707, currently one of the most powerful SUVs in the world.
Expected for 2030, this newcomer to the range should cost a little more than the models currently on offer, our colleagues evoking a price of around €350,000compared to €250,000 on average for the rest of the catalog.
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