Audi chief Rupert Stadler said that Lamborghini’s striking Urus SUV is “on track” to have its production version arrive in late 2016. At Lamborghini's latest annual press conference, Stadler told Autocar that the Urus may be signed off “this year.” He said that due to the need to unite production cycles, the Urus should come in 2017.
At the Audi brand group conference, the Urus was discussed thoroughly. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winklemann used lightweight technology to optimize future Audi and Lamborghini models. Autocar learned that the Urus will be built on the same new-generation MLB platform, which is also used by the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7.
The next-generation model uses a layout that’s comparable to the current MLB platform, which the Audi A6 uses. However, this new version uses plenty of lightweight materials. It is built using aluminium in cast, extruded and pressed forms, and conventional steel pressings, with both materials glued and riveted jointly using a method similar to Jaguar’s XJ structure.
There are speculations that the MLB structure will also use a new type of carbonfibre. The Volkswagen Group has been testing a combination of chopped carbonfibres and resin that could be injected into a mould to make components in only three to four minutes. This is much quicker than making the components conventionally using layers of carbonfibre matting.