Lamborghini has teased us with electrification with its Asterion, which it later confirmed would never leave concept phase. This news was music to the ears of many traditionalists, but to those of us open to alternative fuels, it was a bit of a setback. Now it appears as if electrification is back in Lambo’s plans, but it’ll be the brand’s first SUV since 1993 that’ll be the lucky recipient.
According to a report from Autocar, who quoted the company’s R&D chief, Maurizio Reggiani, the upcoming Urus SUV will, in fact, be the brand’s first and only hybrid model. More specifically, it’ll be a plug-in hybrid. While the details surrounding the electric portion of the powertrain are unknown, Reggiani did confirm the Urus will pair this system with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine.
While Lamborghini has resisted turbocharging in its supercars, Reggiani said turbocharging is “completely mandatory” in an SUV because of its need for high levels of torque.
In addition to sharing these surprising powertrain details, the R&D chief also revealed the SUV will also share the 48V-powered anti-roll suspension with its platform-mates, the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga.
As we approach the release of the Urus, which should happen sometime in 2018, we’ll continue to learn more about this hybrid powertrain. Keep it locked here for the latest news on this upcoming super-SUV.