Like it or not, Ferrari will be making a SUV (currently codenamed Purosangue and internally known as the 175), and we’re now getting more information about the upcoming model, which is said to debut in 2022.

According to an Autocar UK report, the SUV is one of 15 new Ferrari models planned, and will be built on a front-mid-engined architecture, which is one of two bespoke platforms in the carmaker’s arsenal – the other being dedicated to mid-engined cars like the F8 Tributo.

Both architectures are capable of accommodating a wide range of setups, be it V6, V8 and V12 engines with or without hybrid systems, a transaxle dual-clutch gearbox, and rear- or all-wheel drive. This flexibility also extends to body styles, wheelbases and seating arrangements (two-, two plus two- and four-seat cabins).

In the case of the Purosangue, Ferrari’s chief technical officer, Michael Leiters, said the SUV will take the shape of a four-seater measuring about five metres long. Other features include a high ground clearance thanks to height-adjustable suspension and an anti-roll system for on-road dynamics.

As for engines, the 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 hybrid from the SF90 Stradale could be adapted for use in the SUV, although there is also the option of a new turbocharged V6 that Ferrari is currently developing. Given the company’s commitment to the V12, a range-topping option with such an engine is also likely.

“I’m convinced on this car and the technical concept. I think we’ve found a concept and a package which is on one side a real SUV and will convince SUV customers to buy it, but on the other side there’s a huge differentiation of concept to existing SUVs,” said Leiters.

There are other challenges beyond just the technical aspects of what will be a controversial model for Ferrari, with Leiters saying, “with space, how can we ensure that there is the right easy, ergonomic comfort on board? How to combine the sporty layout with a more comfort-orientated design? What to do with HMI? Our HMI is driver-orientated, but how can it be more democratic? What are the comfort features? What is a Ferrari’s pure DNA on a car for comfort?”

“It’s a challenge, an opportunity and fun. I like it very much. Some concepts are close together, but with cars like 175, one thing we want to do is structure the product range and have something different,” he added.

Ferrari’s chief design officer, Flavio Manzoni, also commented that the company’s designers have been working with engineers from the start of the project to ensure minimal compromises are made.

“You start defining the design of the car in the first steps. In that defining phase we work with the engineers. We can determine the proportions and the dimensions to have a very good base to work from,” said Manzoni.

“That’s the case for the SUV as well. Many SUVs are derivatives of other cars. Designers have many constraints due to the technical base. In our case, it’s no compromise. If we don’t start together with engineers, defining together with the package, it’s a problem. I praise a lot of the collaborations when we start a new project,” he added.

It’ll be interesting when Ferrari releases its first SUV, which will have no shortage of competition with the likes of the Aston Martin DBX, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.