Lamborghini is testing the updated Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini is testing the updated Lamborghini Urus

February 2, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

The Italian automaker is gearing up to update its Lamborghini Urus SUV for the first time since its launch in 2018, and the first appearance of a prototype gave a hint of what to expect.

Thick snow and heavy camouflage make it difficult to spot changes in appearance, but the front air intake area appears to have been redesigned around the lower half and, more noticeably, the shape of the front edge of the bonnet and bumper has changed. The sides of the prototype look less aggressively sculpted than the panels of the current car, although this may be an intentional camouflage film effect, and while the rear design appears to have remained intact, we can expect a reshaped lower diffuser and new brake light pattern.

A more significant change will be the long-awaited launch of the new plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Urus. This prototype does not have electrical warning decals suggesting that it is powered by the current 650bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter petrol V8, but Lamborghini previously mentioned that it will receive a PHEV performance.

Electrification will be key to maintaining strong Urus sales worldwide. It has been the best-selling Lamborghini for the past two years, surpassing Hurac├ín in demand by almost 2 times in 2020. However, tightening emission regulations are jeopardizing the model’s popularity.

The PHEV Urus variant is likely to have a powertrain variation used by the sister Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. It mates a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from the Volkswagen Group and an electric motor. The total power of such a unit is 671 hp, and the electric range is 30 km.

In addition to the electrified Cayenne, the Urus also shares the MLB Evo platform with the Audi Q8, Bentley Bentayga and Volkswagen Touareg, each now offered in a PHEV version.