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Lamborghini Urus SUV Still Not Confirmed for Production

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/16/2014 Jake Holmes
Lamborghini Urus concept at the Beijing show© Provided by MotorTrend Lamborghini Urus concept at the Beijing show

Lamborghini is hesitant to launch its Urus SUV over fears that conflicts in the Middle East and an economic downturn could hamper sales. As a result, a Lamborghini official told Autocar that the Urus has not been officially green-lit for production.

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"We are convinced the Urus can significantly boost global sales, but the financial conditions need to be sound. Right now, there are signs we may be heading for a downturn in the markets due to various factors, including trouble in the Middle East," the unnamed official told Autocar.

Despite the hesitation for an official sign-off, development of the Lamborghini Urus is reportedly continuing as planned with, "a clear view towards eventual production."

The news that Lamborghini may not have fully committed to launching the Urus runs counter to a report in June 2013 that the SUV was on track to launch in 2017. Earlier this year, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said that the Urus could even be the first Lamborghini to use a turbocharged V-8 engine, instead of a V-10 or V-12.

The Lamborghini Urus concept debuted in 2012 to show how the Italian maker of exotic sports cars could expand its lineup to include a crossover or SUV model. The production Urus will likely be a 2+2 crossover that will bear a close resemblance to the concept car, with a sloped coupe-like roofline. Although Winklemann has hinted at turbocharged eight-cylinder mills, the Lamborghini Urus is more likely to launch with either the 5.2-liter V-10 from the Huracan or the 6.5-liter V-12 engine in the Aventador.

Source: Autocar

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