Days after the Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali disclosed some details about it, the 2019 Lamborghini Urus SUV, or better yet, its prototype has been spied testing on the coveted tracks of the Nürburgring. This is the first time we saw the highly-anticipated SUV in its production trim, after the Urus concept was presented at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
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Even though heavily-camouflaged, the spy shots reveal the 2018 Lamborghini Urus is all its glory. As, expected the prototype slightly bulkier than the Urus concept vehicle. This new model discards the concept’s pumped fenders, but keeps the Countach-style wheel arches.
The new Urus will be underpinned by a SUV-spec MLB platform that can currently be found in other Volkswagen Group SUVs including the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. But for the 2019 Lamborghini Urus, engineers are reportedly using new extra-lightweight materials such as carbon fiber instead of the traditional steel and aluminum sheets. This will further enhance the vehicle’s output and performance.
Engine and Powertrain
In terms of powertrain, Lamborghini has decided to go with VW Group’s staple 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that under the Urus hood will be able to produce up to 650 horsepower. Further down the line Lamborghini is planning on releasing a plug-in hybrid option that will combine the twin-turbo V-8 with an electric motor. Something similar to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid that is able to deliver up to 680 horsepower.
The new model’s main task at hand will be on-road performance, but in certain modes, the Urus will be able to hold its own in off-road conditions such as sand, snow, gravel, etc. Furthermore, we could also see a personalized mode similar to the Ego mode featured in the Aventador S.
2019 Lamborghini Urus Release Date and Price
Pre-production models of the 2019 Lamborghini Urus are nearing completion at Lamborghini’s plant in northern Italy. However, sales aren’t expected to start until the second half of 2018. With this in mind, the new Urus will likely be sold as a 2019 modle. The pricing is yet to be announced, but the Urus is expected to start below the $200,000 mark. Lamborghini has high hopes for their upcoming offering, with expected sales of around 3,500 units annually, which would make it their most popular model.