Electric McLaren SUV coming by 2030
McLaren has stated numerous times that an SUV will never be produced. However, there are whispers that the Woking-based company will eventually succumb to the temptation of adding back doors and stilts. For example, Autocar has it on good authority that it will happen in the second half of the decade, and that the model in question will not be powered by a combustion engine. Yes, according to the British publication, the high-riding Mac will only be available as an electric vehicle.
For the time being, details are limited, but McLaren’s first-ever SUV is expected to be low to the ground and feature all-wheel drive courtesy of dual electric motors. The study goes on to say that a more powerful tri-motor variant and even solid-state batteries could be developed. Engineers might use this technology to keep the EV’s weight under control. Note that the new Lotus Eletre is expected to weigh around 2,000 kilogrammes (4,400 pounds), which is light for a huge electric SUV.
According to Autocar, company insiders claim that there is “an hunger for the idea” of an SUV, which might cost a fortune. Buyers are expected to pay about £350,000, which translates to roughly $421,000 (€401,500) at current currency rates. If a recent trademark filing is any indication, the most practical McLaren ever could be called “Aeron.” Its name comes from Hebrew and means “mountain of strength,” which makes sense for an SUV.
Meanwhile, McLaren has already (sort of) unveiled an electric SUV. We’re talking about a customised race car for the Extreme E series, driven by Emma Gilmour, McLaren Racing’s first female driver. She’s in a vehicle with Tanner Foust that has a 54-kWh battery pack and weighs 1,780 kilos (3,924 pounds).
The electric off-roader boasts a pair of motors with a combined output of 543 horsepower (400 kilowatts), which corresponds to a 4.5-second sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h). The vehicle is imposingly big, with a width of 2.3 metres, as you can see from the photographs (90.5 inches).
Needless to say, if McLaren is indeed making an SUV for public roads, it likely won’t have anything in common with this purpose-built EV racer.