Lamborghini Urus will be the brand’s first SUV and first plug-in hybrid vehicle

Article by Christian A., on January 27, 2017

The up and coming Lamborghini Urus signals the brand’s official foray into the still expanding world of sports utility vehicles. Lamborghini even promised that Urus would the most powerful and the fastest SUV ever. However, it seems that the new Lamborghini Urus would also signal the brand’s venture into the electrification and turbocharging technologies.

In December, Lamborghini’s chief of research and development Maurizio Reggiani, confirmed to AutoCar that the carmaker is keen on offering a plug-in hybrid version of the Lamborghini Urus. This hybrid version would be just one of the many variants of the SUV. This information was recently reiterated by Reggiani to Car Advice during the global launch of the new Lamborghini Aventador S. He nonetheless divulged that similar electrified technologies would also make their way into Lamborghini’s future super sports cars.

Reggiani remarked that a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) system that Lamborghini has is currently ideal to be fitted an SUV platform. But Lamborghini’s current PHEV technology wouldn’t be suitable – as per the carmaker’s standards -- to be fitted in a super sports car. While a PHEV sports car from Lamborghini is possible, it would only be introduced at the right time, according to Lamborghini chief executive Stefano Domenicalli. The company’s top honcho disclosed two things: Lamborghini’s next-generation super sports car platform is already on the works, and the new Lamborghini Urus SUV will have a hybrid powertrain.

The carmaker’s R&D chief also disclosed that while there are discussions about employing turbocharged engines as one of the powerplant options for Lamborghini’s sports car, the company is still focused on naturally aspirated engines, for now.

Lamborghini had already indicated its intentions to launch a hybridized vehicle when it unfurled the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in hybrid concept at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. This concept employs a hybrid powertrain that includes a 5.2-liter aspirated V10 engine with selective IDS (Iniezione Diretta Stratificata) and three electric motors.

The V10 powerplant deliver 610 hp (449 kW) of max output at 8,250 rpm while the electric motors generate 300 hp (221 kW) of output for a total of 910 hp (669 kW). In addition, the Lamborghini Asterion concept only uses up four liters of fuel per 100 km while emitting just 98 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. However, there had been no information about the Lamborghini Asterion.

Whether the hybrid powertrain on the Asterion will be fitted on the Lamborghini Urus PHEV is still a mystery. However, the hybrid system on the Lamborghini Asterion concept provides us a good idea of how the brand plans to power the Urus PHEV.

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