Lamborghini Urus Reportedly Gets Green Light For Production

For those of us that came of age during the Clinton administration, and rocking out to Nirvana and Pearl Jam in our flannel shirts, the defining mega-trend of the automotive market was the seemingly unstoppable dominance of the sport-utility vehicle. While tastes and preferences have changed somewhat for the utilitarian trucklets, demand for SUVs overall is stronger than ever, especially on the high-end of the market. Britain's Autoexpress reports the Lamborghini Urus SUV concept has received the green light for production, and will likely roll into showrooms around 2017. If the report is true, the Lamborghini Urus will likely share a good part of its platform hardware with other Volkswagen Group large SUVs riding on the company's MLB chassis such as the Audi Q7, Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. However, to optimize performance and reduce weight, the Urus will likely make extensive use of carbon fiber, aluminum, and other advanced composites to give it performance befitting the Lamborghini brand. Powertrain details for the Urus are still speculative, but among the possibilities are a version of the Gallardo's 5.2-liter V-10, the Audi twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 paired with supplemental electric motors for a high-performance hybrid reportedly producing more than 600 hp, or possibly the V-8 diesel out of the Porsche Cayenne Diesel S. Autoexpress says Lamborghini chief Stephan Winkelmann said that the Urus may be offered with more than one powertrain option, but that both will be offered with all-wheel-drive. Prices are expected to start around the $210,000 range. Source: Autoexpress

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