McLaren is thinking about producing a crossover. The novelty will be offered only with an electric powertrain and will not appear on the market before 2028. The new CEO Michael Leiters, who managed to work on the Ferrari Purosangue and Porsche Cayenne, will help the British company develop the concept of the model and launch it into production.
The old McLaren management in the person of Mike Fluitt has repeatedly denied rumors about the release of a crossover, but with the arrival of Michael Leiters as CEO, everything can change. Leiters managed to work as a technical director at Ferrari and was also a senior engineer at Porsche. According to media reports, the top manager was directly involved in the development of Purosangue and Cayenne – and is now ready to apply all his experience to launch the first all-terrain vehicle under the McLaren brand.
According to insiders cited by Autocar, the crossover will not appear on the market until 2028. It will be offered only with an electric power plant (2-3 electric motors) and will receive a solid-state battery and compact dimensions. In terms of power and dynamics, the McLaren SUV will surpass the Aston Martin DBX 707, that is, the return will be at least 700 horsepower, and acceleration to “hundreds” will take about three seconds. The price, again approximately, will be close to 350,000 pounds.
One of the direct rivals of the future McLaren crossover will be the Lotus Elite. It has two electric motors with a total capacity of 600 horsepower, an 800-volt battery with a capacity of 100 kilowatt-hours, an air suspension with adaptive stiffness control, and ceramic composite brakes with 10-piston calipers. From a standstill to 100 kilometers per hour, the Eletre accelerates in less than three seconds. The claimed power reserve is 600 kilometers on the WLTP cycle.