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Lamborghini Urus SUV production to be delayed

By FaezClutchless on 21 May 2012

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The Lamborghini Urus SUV concept debuted at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show with much anticipation and the car proved to be a big hit for the Italian automaker.

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The concept garnered much attention from all corners of the automotive industry; from enthusiasts up to rival auto companies. Lamborghini has mentioned that the car is pretty much on track for production but anyone who is interested in it has to wait until 2017, at the earliest.

The reason for the delay is because the company has set some ambitious targets and this was revealed by Lamborghini’s chief engineer, Maurizio Reggiani.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Reggiani also mentioned that the production Urus will need to be the best performing vehicle in its class besides the lightest.

“This is forcing us to think outside the box and we envisage a start of production no sooner than early 2017.” Another reason for the delay is due to Lamborghini’s decision to build the Urus on Volkswagen Group’s next generation uni-body SUV platform.

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This particular platform will debut on the upcoming 2014 Audi Q7 and also, it will be used on the upcoming Bentley SUV and the third generation Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.

The new platform will feature a steel core but Lamborghini will its favorite carbon fibre for most of the sub-structures, in order to keep the weight down. Lamborghini’s target weight for the Urus is around 1995kg. This would make the Urus lighter than current performance luxury SUV's in the same class.

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Another area where the company wishes to reduce weight is the engine choice. One option is to use a twin-turbo V8 instead of a V10 engine or anything bigger. This should also keep costs down as Lamborghini is likely to use the same 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine used by Audi or Bentley.

Lamborghini plans to sell 3000 units of the Urus annually, almost double the current annual sales for its two other models, the Aventador and the Gallardo. The company will concentrate on markets such as China, Russia, the Middle East and the United States.

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