Lamborghini has confirmed that it will launch a production SUV based on its Urus concept car in 2018.
It will be built at Lamborghini’s Italian factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese and is expected to share a platform with other Volkswagen Group SUVs including the new Audi Q7 and forthcoming Bentley Bentayga.
Details are to be confirmed – but while the concept featured a naturally-aspirated V10 engine, we expect Audi’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 to make its way into the Lamborghini. A hybrid version could follow – and potentially a diesel.
Speculation suggests prices could start as low as £120,000 – undercutting Lamborghini’s current entry-level model, the Huracan.
The manufacturer says it is predominantly targeting the USA, China, the Middle East, the UK, Germany and Russia, with volumes expected to be around 3,000 a year – doubling the firm’s current sales figures.
Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann said: “This is a proud moment for everybody in Lamborghini. The introduction of a third model line endorses the stable and sustainable growth of the company and signifies for us the beginning of a new era.”
He added: “The new SUV will be made in Sant’Agata Bolognese, demonstrating our commitment to safeguarding the values of ‘Made in Italy’ worldwide.”
Sant’Agata Bolognese factory to double in size
Lamborghini deflected pressure from head office to build the new SUV at the same factory as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga.
Instead, its production facility at Sant’Agata Bolognese will double in size to 150,000sq m – and 500 extra staff will be recruited.
Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said: “Lamborghini, Italdesign Giugiaro and Ducati have developed very successfully under Audi parentage, and kept their Italian identity. With the decision to produce the Lamborghini SUV in Sant’Agata Bolognese we have proven once more our commitment to Italy as an important automotive industrial nation.”
It’s believed that Lamborghini was offered considerable tax breaks to keep production of the SUV in Italy.