Netizens have got a sneak-peek at the upcoming Lamborghini Urus as an image of the much-awaited SUV has been accidentally leaked in one of the official video teasers (presumably due to human error) released by the company in the run-up to its global unveil on December 4, 2017.
The production Urus appeared briefly on infotainment screen in the video which demonstrates the vehicle's abilities in 'Corsa' mode. The company was quick to take the video down and upload it again after editing the part out – but not before the original one was archived by internet users.
Predictably, the front of the car indicates a design closely resembling the concept revealed, back in 2012. The Urus range will feature the brand's first plug-in hybrid powertrain putting out around 650hp and almost 850Nm of torque. It will be the only hybrid in the Lamborghini line-up (until a PHEV Huracán arrives in 2022) and be offered along with a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged, V8 Urus. Much like the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga with which it shares a platform, the Urus will also feature 48V-powered active anti-roll suspension.
Lamborghini has chosen not to use a naturally aspirated powertrain for its SUV despite prioritising atmospheric induction in its supercars because it believes SUVs need to have huge torque.
According to R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani, the Urus' design, although applied to an unfamiliar body shape, is "pure Lamborghini." He said the look "has evolved considerably since the  concept and the finished car is much better, inside and out."
Reggiani said Lamborghini has concentrated its R&D efforts on power, weight and aerodynamics, because “handling is a function” of these. “We want to be a leader here and have a chance to change the rules of the game,” he added.
The company sees a strong distinction between the firm’s four-wheel-drive models and the growing number of rear-wheel-drive variants. A modern electronic chassis control system like that of the Huracán LP580-2 is no substitute for the ability of four-wheel drive to transfer power to the road, he explained. Lamborghini will therefore continue to offer both driveline systems.
“A super sports car is completely different; you need the responsiveness of the engine, to feel the spark of every cylinder," said Reggiani. "We will keep normally aspirated engines for our other models – they are still the best choice.”
Lamborghini will begin production of its first SUV since the LM002 (1986-1993) at the brand's Sant’Agata Bolognese site in northern Italy. The site has recently undergone major construction work and the workforce is being expanded to prepare for an anticipated surge in demand.
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