A high-ranking McLaren executive insists the Woking-based firm will never bow to market pressure and build an SUV, saying such an offering would be compromised by its very definition.

When asked if the company would ever follow the lead of the likes of Bentley, Maserati and Rolls-Royce (and, indeed, Ferrari) and offer an SUV, Mark Roberts, head of design operations at McLaren Automotive, said “I can easily answer that and say no”.

“We really do deliver on the ultimate driving experience. For us, it means no compromise. An SUV doesn’t allow us to deliver on that. It’s not a no-compromise kind of vehicle,” Roberts said, according to Automotive News Europe.

However, Roberts did admit McLaren was working on an electric powertrain, adding “it’s going to be a while before we release it as a production car”.

He furthermore revealed McLaren had plans to release as many as 18 new vehicles before 2025, which would require an increase in production capacity.

"For a small company like McLaren, it’s a big deal and a big challenge. It’s putting a big demand on to step up to demand and build more volume.”