The upcoming Urus won’t be Lamborghini’s first SUV; that honor goes to the LM002 that debuted in 1986. However, the off-roader will completely break with tradition on the powertrain front, according to a recent report.
Every street-legal Lamborghini built since the company’s inception has used a naturally aspirated engine. Maurizio Reggiani, the head of the company’s research and development department, has confirmed the Urus will stand out by offering a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 engine. He told British magazine Autocar that going turbo is “completely mandatory” because the first Lamborghini SUV of the 21st century will require the low-end torque of a forced-induction engine to post jaw-dropping performance figures.
The Urus will also be the first production Lamborghini equipped with a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain, though technical details aren’t available because they haven’t been finalized yet. However, Reggiani affirmed the Urus will be the only plug-in Lamborghini when it goes on sale, which rules out electrified versions of the Huracán and the Aventador. A diesel-powered, entry-level variant of the Urus is off the table, too. Clearly, Lamborghini isn’t interested in chasing all-out volume.
Lamborghini gave enthusiasts a glimpse of its upcoming SUV when it presented the Urus concept (pictured) last year. Finally ending rumors, Reggiani hinted the production model won’t necessarily look like a toned-down, less futuristic-looking version of the original design study.
“The design [of the Urus] is pure Lamborghini. It has evolved considerably since the  concept and the finished car is much better inside and out,” he revealed to Autocar.
Built in Italy, the Lamborghini Urus will make its official debut at a major auto show next year, and it’s expected to go on sale globally in 2018. Buyers who want the plug-in hybrid model might need to be patient because there’s a chance it won’t join the lineup until a little later in the production run.