The 'world's first super SUV' will have four-wheel steering.
Lamborghini first took the wraps off the Urus concept at the Beijing motor show back on 23 April 2012 – before the company has even revealed the final version of the production model, other manufacturers would be getting ready to unveil a second-generation model.
Yet after years and years of waiting, the first production version of the Urus is almost ready to break cover as Lamborghini has announced the premiere is set for 4 December. In the meantime, a short teaser video has been released to keep us in suspense until the camouflage is finally dropped from the 'world’s first super SUV'.
The 30-second clip shows the Urus tackling sand dunes at high speeds, and it also reveals some of the car's secrets. For example, we get to see the selector for the Anima (Adaptive Network Intelligence Management) system inherited from the Huracan and Aventador. In addition, the high-performance SUV will feature a Sabbia driving mode along with five other selectable modes: Strada, Sport, Corsa, Terra and Neve – Street, Sport, Track, Off-road and Snow. Sabbia, as we see from the video, stands for Sand.
A spiritual successor to the LM002 model of the 1980s, the Urus has a big job to do – the Italian supercar maker has made a major investment in new factory facilities for the car, and it has high hopes the Urus will double the company’s sales by 2019 when the factory in Sant’Agata is expected to push out a total of about 7,000 units, including the Huracan and Aventador.
From the little info we have right now about the technical specifications, the Urus is set to use a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with 650bhp. The platform isn't all-new, it's an adaptation of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo that has underpinned the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga, with the more humble VW Touareg set to make use of the technology for its next-generation model in 2018.
At the 0:12 mark, we also briefly get to see the Urus will have four-wheel steering, which makes perfect sense considering the Cayenne has it as well, along with the Aventador S. All will be revealed in less than a month, so the wait is almost over.