If you are going to construct an electrical SUV, it might as nicely look cool, proper? That appears to be the guiding premise behind Pininfarina’s Pura Imaginative and prescient design idea, which is able to debut at Pebble Seaside and previews a potential “electrical luxurious utility automobile” that they’ve dubbed “e-LUV”. To not be confused with the Chevy LUV.
To your first and most blatant query: Sure, it does have whitewall tires, presumably the primary 23-inch whitewalls we have seen. And someway, that works! It additionally has forward-hinged doorways, rear-hinged doorways, and gullwing doorways. If the rear hatch have been a pair of Lambo doorways, that may actually cowl all of the sorts of doorways, however we’re nonetheless impressed. The gullwing sections span each the entrance and rear door openings and are hinged to a central overhead spine. Since there isn’t any B-pillar, opening all the pieces up creates a portal you might drive a Chevy LUV by way of. Whether or not this setup is production-feasible stays to be seen, however idea vehicles are speculated to be about probing the outer reaches of risk, not merely previewing a done-deal manufacturing automotive. (Except they’re Porsche idea vehicles. Then they’re most likely previewing a done-deal production car.)
The Pura Imaginative and prescient is a two-plus-two, within the method of the Ferrari Purosangue. Between the again seats is a wine cooler, and never the Bartles & Jaymes form—it’s going to chill a bottle of your favourite plonk en path to the Hamptons, or Lake Tahoe, or wherever it’s that folks in Dubai drive for holidays. The upholstery on the higher seat backs and headliner is 30 p.c wool and 70 p.c recycled polyester, which the corporate says, “already meets Automobili Pininfarina sturdiness requirements for manufacturing automobiles.” (Appears like a touch, there.) The central touchscreen may be powered down into the sprint for these instances whenever you’d prefer to banish touchscreens out of your subject of view for a minimum of a couple of minutes.
As for the powertrain, nicely… this is not that type of idea. At Pebble, it’s going to be static. However the Pininfarina Battista has 1877 horsepower, so if an upcoming e-LUV acquired that powertrain, it might most likely be capable of tow a decent-sized Boston Whaler up the boat ramp. Even with half that corral, it might nonetheless be way more highly effective than any manufacturing internal-combustion SUV. Alas, we’ll have to attend and see on that, and pricing.
Whether or not horsepower is a four-digit quantity and pricing is a seven-digit affair relies on how excessive upmarket Pininfarina intends to go. Primarily based on their current historical past, the reply there could be: all the way in which to the highest.
Ezra Dyer is a Automotive and Driver senior editor and columnist. He is now primarily based in North Carolina however nonetheless remembers methods to flip proper. He owns a 2009 GEM e4 and as soon as drove 206 mph. These details are mutually unique.