Lamborghini wants to add a third model to its lineup, and that vehicle could be something like the Urus SUV concept that debuted at the 2012 Beijing auto show. Lambo has yet to officially confirm the Urus for production, but a new report from Ansa says the model could be the Bull brand’s first plug-in hybrid if given the green light.
Just looking at the Urus concept, it’s difficult to tell what could power it. The hood appears too short to house either the Gallardo’s V-10 or the Aventador’s V-12. In our first look of the radically styled full-size SUV, we speculated the Urus would probably borrow a turbocharged V-8 from other Volkswagen Group product. According to Ansa, Lamborghini CEO Stephen Winkelmann said a plug-in hybrid setup could also be involved. This would meet the car’s fuel consumption and emissions goals, and also make the vehicle more accessible in key markets like China, where engines over 4.0 liters are heavily taxed.
The Urus is planned to share a platform with the next-gen Audi Q7, but there’s been no word of a plug-in variant of that model. Reports suggest the hybrid Urus will sport an Iturbi V-8 engine paired with electric motors for a combined output of 670 hp. Those who like the Urus’ looks but don’t want a hybrid Lamborghini may have another option, as Winkelmann told Ansa the plug-in hybrid version would be one of two proposed powertrains. No details were given on the second engine option.
Further proof of Lamborghini’s intent to produce the Urus can be seen in a series of patent drawings leaked on Chinese site auto.ifeng.com. The vehicle in the drawings doesn’t stray far from the Urus concept, which could mean the production version will look just as menacing.
See the leaked drawings in the gallery below.