Lambo’s brand-new assault on high-performance sport utes
The idea of Lamborghini’s entry to the crossover-SUV segment might seem crazy to some, but this is not the first time the Italian luxury carmaker has ventured off-road. Some might recall the boxy LM002 built from 1986 to 1993; it was a hardcore rugged V12 SUV that had evolved from the brand’s earlier military vehicle prototypes.
When the Sant’Agata-based company surprised the world with its SUV concept at the
2012 Beijing Motor Show, the unveiled car was a far cry from the legendary LM002. Dubbed the Urus, following Lamborghini’s tradition of naming its models after a fighting bull, it was more supercar and a lot less truck—a true demonstration of how the brand’s design language would look if applied to an SUV.
This distinct styling has survived the transition from concept car to production vehicle. The Urus features a wedge-like, coupeinspired profile, and has the same ratio of twothirds body, one-third window as its supercar siblings. The front end is dominated by massive openings that not only help in engine cooling, but also give the Urus an aggressive face. The smoothly integrated power dome on the sloping hood hints at the power that lurks within.
Moving on to the profile, the side panels feature heavily chiseled surfaces. Broad front fenders and rear hips hide the wide tracks and create a muscular look. The angular wheel openings recall those of the classic Countach, while the triangular fender vents boast nicely integrated Italian flags so you won’t forget the sport-ute’s country of origin. Though there’s a rear hatch, the back end is still recognizably Lamborghini, thanks to the narrow headlights with Y-shaped LEDs—a design element seen on the carmaker’s other models.
It’s the same story inside—the interior could belong to any bull in the Lamborghini stable. It features a modern angular dashboard with