2018 Lamborghini Urus set for production

The SUV from Lamborghini will begin production in the next few years for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Lamborghini Urus is set for production in 2018, according to sources on Friday. The Urus, Lamborghini’s first attempt at an SUV, will be produced in Sant’ Agata near Bologna, Italy, which will cause the plant to double in size as Lamborghini intends to produce 3,000 of these vehicles every year in comparison to their yearly 1200 Aventador quota.

500 full-time jobs will be created at the Lamborghini plant as Italian officials are keen to keep local Italians in the workforce by offering substantial incentives to employers.

At the time of the Urus’ original announcement as a concept car, Lamborghini discussed the possible horsepower range of the vehicle to be around 600. This number can increase or decrease when plans become solidified closer to production time. Turbos or a hybrid-system will be probable to add horsepower to move the heavy SUV without using a V12 engine. By adding these extras, a smaller and more efficient engine can be used.

It is noteworthy that Lamborghini is likely to produce the Urus out of aluminum rather than carbon fiber like many supercars are. Due to the high weight of SUV’s, using carbon fiber wouldn’t lower the weight of the SUV by a high enough amount to warrant the higher price.

It is expected that the Urus will be based closely on the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, the reigning models in the high-end, quasi-supercar-esque segment. Obviously this name is made up, but the specific wording fits the market to a tee.

The Urus will likely hit dealerships in the American market during the summer of 2017.