The upcoming Lamborghini Urus is looking increasingly likely to be the Italian company’s first production vehicle with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
First previewed in concept guise back in 2012, the Lamborghini Urus project has spent much of its life in limbo with confirmation of its production not coming until last year. Alongside entering Lamborghini into a brand new market, the Urus could also be at the forefront of the marque’s powertrain future.
During discussions with Auto Express, Lamborghini chief executive Stephan Winkelmann said “The SUV has a big advantage if you want to do a plug-in hybrid, because with the packaging it is much easier with the power-to-weight ratio. A car like this does not suffer the additional space and weight of the batteries.
“It is something we are thinking about, but if I had to say which is the first car that will have some form of electrification, I would immediately blindfolded say SUV,” Winkelmann said.
Further discussing the car, Winkelmann confirmed that its design has changed from the concept and that it will challenge the brand new Bentley Bentayga for the title of the world’s fastest SUV.
“You will immediately recognise that it cannot be anything else than a Lamborghini. It is changing [from the concept car] but for the better. It has to be a daily usable car that can get you comfortably from A to B, yet it has to have a lot of power in terms of acceleration and also top speed.”