More than three years after the unveiling of the concept model at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2012, the Lamborghini Urus was finally confirmed for production. A new report from Autoblog says that the production version’s design has been finalized and it’s very close to that of the concept.
Lamborghini’s US spokesman Jason Chinnock told the publication that the design for the production version has been finalized, and he himself has seen the finalized design of full-scale design models which is “very” close to that of the concept.
The company’s President, Stephan Winkelmann, has confirmed that the crossover could be its first offering with a turbocharged engine and also with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Like the current offerings Huracan and Aventador, the future crossover will also be a Made-in-Italy when it goes into production in 2018. It will be built alongside these supercars at the company’s Sant’Agata Bolognese plant.
Gearing up for the crossover project, the company will recruit 500 employees to add to the current 1,200, and expand production capacity substantially. The 80,000 square metre factory area will nearly double to 150,000 square metres. New facilities, including a production line and warehouse will have to be built, while the R&D facility will have to be enlarged.
The company is expecting the crossover to attract many first-time customers and will distribute production volumes among three major sales regions – Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Americas and Asia Pacific.
USA, China, the Middle East, the UK, Germany and Russia will be the primary target markets, and around 3,000 units of the crossover will be built annually.