Lamborghini in collaboration with Audi and parent company Volkswagen have announced plans to join forces for a new SUV from Sant’Agata Bolognese. Serving as a spiritual successor of the LM002, the SUV will essentially be a production version of the Urus concept from 2012 and its main markets are going to be China, U.S., Germany, U.K., Russia and the Middle East. The three automakers are going to inject “hundreds of millions of Euros” to make sure the SUV will be launched in 2018.
For this to happen, they will build a new assembly line, additional warehouses and expand the R&D center while the Lamborghini factory is going to grow in size from the current 80,000 square meters to approximately 150,000 square meters. In addition, Lamborghini plans on expanding its staff by 500 employees in the next few years.
The company’s objective is to assemble around 3,000 units each of the SUV so this means Lamborghini will double its production capacity once the model will go on sale. Chances are the vehicle in question will adopt a different name compared to the 2012 concept which was introduced at the Beijing Motor Show with the “Urus” nameplate.