A production version of Lamborghini’s Urus SUV is likely to appear in late 2016, according to reports out of Europe this week.
Word out of Lamborghini's 50th annviersary gala this week is that the carmaker has confirmed production, with EVO magazine editor harry Metcalfe tweeting from the event.
"Lamborghini confirms Urus SUV for 2017 production at tonight's #Lambo50 gala dinner," Metcalfe sent.
While it is unclear if the confirmation came in the form of an announcement or a conversation, this latest whisper follows comments from Audi boss Rupert Stadler earlier this year.
“Lamborghini has to do it," Stadler told Britain's Autocar magazine in march. "Because of the need to dovetail into production cycles, we should see the Urus in 2017.”
This could mean a late 2016 motor show appearance, before going on sale in key international markets.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winklemann has highlighted the lightweight technology destined for Urus and other future Lamborghini and Audi models, which will combine extruded, cast, and pressed aluminium with conventional steel.
A new moulded carbon fibre process is also expected to feature, which significantly reduces the material’s production cost over conventional hand-laid carbon fibre matting.
This technology will reportedly be incorporated into an updated version of Audi’s MLB architecture for the production Urus, which is also expected to underpin future Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, and Porsche Cayenne models.
The production Urus’ motive source is yet to be confirmed, but a twin-turbo V8 related to Audi’s RS 6 is one of the likely options.