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.
Automobili Lamborghini introduced the Lamborghini Urus Concept – the ultimate athlete in the sports utility vehicle segment – at the Beijing Motor Show in 2012. The Urus Concept will completely redefine design and dynamics in the SUV category. It will combine unique design, outstanding performance, fascinating interior, versatility, and everyday usability.
The new super athlete can generate around 440 kW / 600 hp and has Lamborghini's excellent know-how in lightweight design technologies backing it up and guaranteeing excellent dynamics. The Urus will also offer the lowest CO2 level possible among competing vehicles. As an SUV concept that boasts four spacious seats, variable ground clearance, versatile luggage compartment, and permanent all-wheel drive, the Lamborghini Urus promises unique driving fun without limitations. Its interior will also match its standards with innovative materials that feature carbon fiber technology such as the patented Forged Composite.
A powerful and luxurious SUV such as the Urus is one of the most emotional ways to drive a 4-door vehicle. It is equipped to meet the demands of daily mobility and for you to enjoy refined driving fun.
Additionally, the Urus stands to mean that a Lamborghini can already be used as the family’s primary car. As such, it enormously expands the customer base of the brand as it appeals to families as well as to Lamborghini super sports car drivers who have so far driven only SUV models produced by other carmakers. The primary target markets for the Urus are the USA, Germany, the UK, Russia, China, and the Middle East.