Lamborghini presented the Urus SUV at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show as the concept model and since then this model has been expected to get to the production. However, the official confirmation about the production version came in 2015 and we should expect this model sometime closer to the end of 2018. So, the Urus SUV is expected as the 2019 Lamborghini Urus but the premiere could happen by the end of this year. What we know so far about this model is that it comes as the all-wheel drive SUV only and will get the twin-turbo V-8 engine. Lamborghini will also offer the plug-in hybrid version while the styling will in line with the concept model.
2019 Lamborghini Urus: Platform, Design
What is not the secret, company’s first SUV after the LM002 will be based on VW’s MLB platform. This modern architecture already underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga but will also be the base of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. However, it is also expected that Lamborghini’s engineers would replace some sections made of the high-strength steel and aluminum with the lighter and stronger carbon fiber.
When it comes to the styling, the first prototype spotted in the pre-production form confirms our expectations. This model will follow very similar design philosophy as the concept model. The 2019 Lamborghini Urus prototype hides sharp and angular body design under the camo. It aslo looks bulkier than the concept model. The production version will also have an aggressive front bumper and slender headlights.
The rakish roof line and sculpted rear quarters will continue from the concept model to the production version. The L-shape taillights will also get the inspiration from the concept car. On the other hand, the production version won’t have high mounted exhaust tips like on the concept yet they will take place at the bottom of the rear bumper.
2019 Lamborghini Urus: Powertrains
Under the hood of the 2019 Lamborghini Urus, the company won’t install naturally aspirated V10 and V12 units as it was initially expected. Instead, the company will use its first turbocharged V-8 engine. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine will have the capacity of producing 650 horsepower. It should deliver at least 600 lb-ft of torque.
The Urus will also get the plug-in version about a year after the debut of the conventional version. The powertrain setup should be similar as in the Porsche’s Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid which can deliver 680 hp. The twin-turbo V-8 will be assisted by electric motor and power and torque should exceed the conventional version.
The Urus SUV will be the all-wheel drive only and Lamborghini will put the focus on the on-road performance. However, Lamborghini confirmed it will offer the modes for off-road conditions.
Lamborghini has high expectations about the 2019 Lamborghini Urus sales and predicting sales of about 3, 500 units annually. The sales should start in 2018 Q2 in Europe and in Q3 in the US. The price should start bellow $200k.