Lamborghini SUV to hit the roads in 2018
Lamborghini at a press conference in Rome has finally confirmed that they will be launching a SUV by 2018. The SUV will be inspired by the Urus concept and its production will take place in the company’s factory in Sant’ Agata near Bologna, Italy. Lamborghini is planning to produce about 3000 SUV’s every year from the same factory.
When the Urus concept was revealed in 2012, Lamborghini had used carbon fibre to make all the body panels. However, the company is saying that the production version SUV will not have a carbon fibre body because the SUV’s drivetrains, suspensions and interiors are so heavy that saving weight on the body will not make much of a difference proportions wise.
Lamborghini’s engineering chief, Maurizio Reggiani further added that they are concentrating more on improving the dynamics of the SUV, which depends on the chassis technology and lesser on the actual weight. Active anti-roll, variable ride height and adaptive damping are few of the areas where the emphasis is more. All of this combined will make the vehicle a comfortable off-roader and quick enough to get round a racetrack fast.
The body of Lamborghini’s SUV will be built at Volkswagen’s plant in Slovakia and the upcoming SUV could also be based on the MLB Evo platform which underpins the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and the next Porsche Cayenne. The common platform extensively uses aluminium, with high strength steel.
The Italian company had initially said that a V10 or V12 engine would power the vehicle and would be able to produce 600 BHP. However, the same cannot hold true because large vehicles need more torque. But the company has promised of keeping CO2 emissions the best in its segment. The upcoming SUV will most likely get a turbo or a hybrid booster and a hybrid variant is also in the offing.
The common platform will help Lamborghini provide driving aids like self-steering and braking, night vision, self-parking and an all-round radar. Plenty of other comfort features are also expected. On the design front, the SUV will take a few cues from the Urus concept, but will feature many changes as well. We are all aware of the super-aggressive designs of Lamborghini, hence the same can be expected in this product as well.