We’ve been hearing about Lamborghini’s plans to build a SUV for years now, and now that the model has been officially confirmed for 2018 we can only hope it will be worthy of the badge.
If you liked the Lamborghini Urus concept unveiled three years ago, you’ll be happy to know the production model will be very similar to the study. Lamborghini US spokesman Jason Chinnock told Autoblog that the
design for the Lamborghini SUV has already been finalized, and that the full-scale mockups he’s seen look “very” close to the concept. However, the name Urus has not been confirmed yet.
While there won’t be any big surprises from a design point of view, the Lamborghini SUV may bring some firsts for the brand. “The SUV could be Lamborghini’s first car with a turbo, and it could be the first car with a plug-in, if we have the opportunity to have more than one engine,” CEO Stephan Winkelmann told a group of journalists in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Another interesting (but expected) information is that Lamborghini’s production SUV will focus on on-road performance, unlike the LM002. “It’s good to have heritage, but the LM002 is not the reference or the blueprint for the new model,” said Winkelmann.
So why did it take three years for Lamborghini to get the approval of parent company Volkswagen AG and why will it take another three to build it? The executive says it’s because going from two model lines to three is a huge effort for the company.
Correction: According to a Lamborghini spokesman, while the firm’s new SUV is indeed very close to the concept, the design has not been finalized yet