Lamborghini has officially re-entered the SUV segment with the 2019 Lamborghini Urus. As a successor to the LM002 that was born in the ’80s, the Lamborghini Urus signals Lamborghini’s intent to once again compete in the highly lucrative luxury SUV segment by bringing supercar performance to the table.
And boy how super does it look. While the Urus is said to be inspired by the LM002’s design, what we mostly see are its supercar proportions. The LM002 is clearly a boxy SUV, but this Urus has typical Lamborghini supercar proportions, such as the 2/3 body, 1/3 window ratio you see in the Aventador and Huracan. It’s your typical outlandish and out of this world design that a brand from Sant’Agata, Bolognese, Italy. Large wheels flanked by bold wheel arches, mixed with a tastefully subtle amount of black cladding create a wheel design that’s reminiscent of the Lamborghini Diablo. You’ll also notice the strong and wide shoulders, low roofline, frameless windows, and those striking traditional LED headlamps with Y-shaped LED daytime running lights, and Y-shaped LED rear lights. The rear diffuser is inspired by Lamborghini race cars, and in it are integrated exhausts.
Once you’re done poking in the striking exterior, the interior is also just as outlandish. Combining luxurious appointments and performance oriented ergonomics, the Lamborghini Urus has a high-set dashboard, and a rising center console that’s typical when you sit in their supercars. It features multiple hexagonal elements, a three-spoke steering wheel with vibration damping, a 12.3-inch TFT LCD gauge cluster, standard 12-way power adjustable driver and passenger seats (18-way optional), and Lamborghini’s new LIS infotainment system, which is basically Audi’s two-screen infotainment system that debuted with the Audi A8, but with Lamborghini’s user interface design. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, including an 8-speaker sound system, while a Bang & Olufsen 1,700 watt sound system with 3D sound is optional. Of course, this is an SUV after all, so it still has to have some level of practicality, and with that, we found out that the second row of seats can be folded to boost the trunk space from 616 liters to 1,596 liters.
The Lamborghini Anima drive mode selector has six driving modes to choose from. Strada, Sport, Corsa, Neve (snow), Terra (off-road) and Sabbia (sand), plus a custom mode called Ego. Neve, Terra and Sabbia are all for off-road use, and each will raise the chassis of the car in order to improve ground clearance. Strada, Sport and Corsa are those probably familiar to you when you’ve seen a Aventador or Huracan’s interior, which optimizes performance for the street and for various levels of sporty driving.
With supercar design comes supercar performance. Under the hood of the Urus is a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 that we’ve seen in many high performance Audi and Porsche SUVs, but in this Lambo, it produces 641 hp and 850 Nm of torque, with power sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The four wheel drive system’s default power split is 60/40 front/rear, but the system can send a maximum of 70% of the power to the front wheels, and 87% on the rear. 0-100 kph is done in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 kph in 12.8 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 305 kph. A plug-in hybrid Urus will be offered later on.
The Lamborghini Urus is also Lamborghini’s most “autonomous” vehicle yet, as Lamborghini will offer these high tech driver assistance features for the first time. Lamborghini’s Urus has Level 2 autonomy driver assistance features, such as Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Lane Keeping Assist, and the likes. It also has Blind Spot Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, and the like.
The Lamborghini Urus will go on sale in the USA in Spring 2018, with prices starting at US$200,000 (P10 million).