Lamborghini Urus SUV is due for sale in 2018; confirmed to debut with twin-turbo V8 engine and may get brand’s first plug-in hybrid later
The Urus SUV seems to be the first Lambo to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain later in its lifespan according to internet sources. Wrapped in a swirling camouflage, a test mule spotted at Munich airport suggested that the SUV had hit the ground and running but it was just a deluded Audi Q7 and thankfully brushes aside fears of a very conventional luxury SUV earlier.
Worry not, as the production-spec Urus will debut on December 4 before deliveries commencing from mid-2018 and it replicates design of the concept gracefully in recent spy images amidst a mild teaser. With continuous teasing, the latest video shows different driving modes like Strada, Sport, Corsa, Terra (Land), Sabbia (Sand) and Neve (Snow). The brand’s Ex CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed earlier that the first-ever Lambo SUV since LM002, the Urus, will be powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The company is well-known for its roaring V10s and V12s throughout its illustrious history but the bigger engines have started to slowly being phased out across the auto industry citing the inability for them to stay in compliance with increasingly stricter emission standards.
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As a result, downsizing has become the order of the day with many top-notch automakers opting to go with turbocharged engines which give out healthier performance as well as sticking to emission regulations. Lamborghini’s first 4×4 since the advent of LM002 will ditch the naturally aspirated V10s and V12s found in Huracan and Aventador sports cars.
Instead of the big vees, a twin-turbocharged eight-cylinder unit with a displacement capacity of 4,000 cc will be utilised. In addition to the turbocharged power plant’s advantage of emitting less Carbon dioxides, the low-end torque and the extensive power spread across the rev range will benefit the off-roading capabilities of the SUV.
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Alongside the plug-in hybrid version, Lamborghini appears to be determined to stick with the all-wheel drive system as well but do not rule out a rear-wheel drive savagery. It will grace the Lamborghini showrooms across the globe in 2018 and India is also identified as a primary target market where luxury car sales is booming every year. Therefore, we can expect the Urus to arrive late next year.
An annual production capacity of 3,000 units is targetted as the SUV based on advanced MLB platform will compete against the Bentley Bentayga, Maserati Levante, Range Rover SV Autobiography and the likes. A spurred up Superveloce model is also on the cards in the years following its launch.
The Urus’ dashboard features latest technologies from the Volkswagen Group with a bit of Italian flare as it has hexagon theme. In a similar fashion to the flagship Audi sedans, it has digital gauge cluster and a twin digital display screen: one for infotainment and the other for HVAC controls. The air-con controls are from the familiar parts bin of Huracan with the centre console having a same engine start and stop button with flip switch in red colour. Other notable features are a touchpad controller and driving mode switcher.
Lamborghini Urus SUV Concept Images
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