New Lamborghini Urus spied – preparing for the Ferrari Purosangue’s arrival
The Lamborghini Urus doesn’t have the super SUV class to itself any more, so is sharpening up to prepare
Lamborghini has been working on an updated version of its Urus SUV that we expect to see in full later this year. Already spotted multiple times throughout its development period, these latest images show us its new bodywork with more clarity, debuting new elements that both modernise its already controversial design and tie it in more closely with Lamborghini’s latest models.
This starts at the nose, where we can clearly see a redesigned grille and fascia which loses the current Urus’s controversial horizontal forks in lieu of simpler slats. Keep moving towards the outside of the front bumper and a similar set of slip vents similar to the new Huracan Tecnica are also visible, albeit covered in the same black wrap as the rest of this particular prototype. The bonnet’s also new, with new vents breaking the ridge that’s formed from the base of the a-pillar.
There’s also a fresh set of 22-inch wheels on this prototype, the new design sharing a similar y-spoke design to the Tecnica, albeit with one less spoke. It is interesting to note that the new wheel design is of 22-inches, rather than the top-specification 23-inch option, suggesting that like the current model, the new Urus has been largely setup to accommodate this slightly smaller wheel and tyre package – something that explains why the current car is so much more rounded on the 22s.
Another noticeable change is centred around the rear bumper, where just behind the rear wheel is a new bumper opening that, while almost certainly fake, will give it a fresh look. The lower bumper and faux diffuser are also new, but don't look particularly different to the current model.
What changes lie underneath the bodywork is the more pertinent question, though, and with Lamborghini’s future model strategy intertwined with electrification, the query of whether this new Urus will adopt any hybrid powertrain elements is difficult to ascertain at this stage – even if the hardware is available from other partners within the Volkswagen Group.
What is certain is that the Urus’s shared platform, powertrain and chassis technology with models from Porsche, Bentley and Audi opens up a wide range of electrification options that are already available within its mechanical tool kit.
Whatever scenario Lamborghini decides to adopt for the new Urus, it is likely to continue the use of its current 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, electrified or not. In its current form, the Urus produces 640bhp – the highest output of this unit within the group and equal to that of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S.
Lamborghini has yet to confirm when precisely we might expect this new Urus, but expect a reveal before the end of the year.