Lamborghini SUV privately previewed in New York - details divulged

Lamborghini crossover concept leaked images, 1600, 06.05.2012
Lamborghini crossover concept leaked images, 1600, 06.05.2012

Select Lamborghini clientele were invited to a special preview event in New York recently to guage reaction of a potential new third model. Unable to keep quiet, extensive details have spilled out via social media.

Described by one of the pre-show guests, Bryan Salamone, as a Cherry Red 4x4, the vehicle is on its way to Beijing for its world premiere at Auto China late next month.

Further details divulged by another pre-show guest, Ed Bolian, on his personal blog are more forthcoming. Unfortunately, the page has since been removed, but not before the key details could be harvested.

Bolian states the Lamborghini SUV has a body silhouette that is similar to the BMW X6. In fact, the unofficial renderings published by Quattroroute magazine (images attached) show this quite well, although there are many details that are different. Overall size is the same size as the Audi Q7 which raises the question if its based on VW Group PL71 SUV platform. Previous reports have said the SUV will use a modified version the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg platform.

The SUV is very muscular and has a somewhat high ride height although the carbon fiber body kit makes it appear closer to the ground. Full LED headlights define the Estoque like front end while the rear end displays four trapezoidal exhaust tips which are integrated flush with the rear bumper diffuser. Side mirrors incorporate some kind of video camera system.

Wheels are 24-inches in diameter and incorporate a carbon fiber design similar to the Aventador J but still an all-new design never seen before. Brakes are naturally carbon-ceramic.

Inside, the four seats are similar to those seen in the Sesto Elemento concept and the cabin is bisected by a high center console that extends between the two rear passengers. Carbon fiber trim abounds.

Spiritually and conceptually, the Lamborghini SUV, rumored to be called the MLC concept, has no relation to the classic LM002 from the late 1980s. No details were given about the powertrain but previous reports say output could be provided by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces approximately 584 hp (435 kW / 592 PS).

Stay tuned until April 23 when the first press day of the Auto China show in Beijing gets under way.


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schizo schizo
Either Lamborghini doesn't make the "select clientele" sign a non-disclosure statement prior to sneak peeks (which I've had to do for a certain other manufacturer's sneak preview) or their "select clientele" just can't keep their mouth shut.
Apr 10th, 2012 5:15am
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TomasCorrea TomasCorrea
Is really another megabucks suv necessary?
Apr 9th, 2012 4:33pm
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SV-maniac91 SV-maniac91
i think its beautiful... and this is just the concept i bet the actual one will look even better! :D
Apr 8th, 2012 3:10pm
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
I think the front fits well but the back has too much going on
Apr 15th, 2012 6:47am
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SirLukkas SirLukkas
I may be in the minority here, but I think this design is brilliant. I don't think even I could have done a better job. The combination of frontal air-intakes from the LP550 and headlights from the Evoque concept is superb synergy and makes for a super clean front-end for a high-end SUV (something Cayenne tuners don't seem to understand). However, stretching the white an extra inch downward to give it a slightly taller appearance wouldn't go astray. Most important of all, the rear does a great job of maintaining Lamborghini's signature extravagance of geometry. Love. It.
Apr 7th, 2012 5:24pm
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Renyeo Renyeo
It's brave of Lamborghini to take the SUV / Crossover route and it will be foolish not to, given that future demand lies in this segment. Over at Maranello, Ferrari's boss Amedeo Felisa has ostensibly ruled out plans to sell a SUV - huge risks there!
Apr 7th, 2012 4:31am
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now all we need is a bugatti version of this platform hahaha
Apr 7th, 2012 3:05am
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s2k_turbo s2k_turbo
First renders of Lambo SUV / crossover was ugly as hell, but this on looks preaty good - It`s still looks like lambo but its not overdone, Yes its wide it ment have good handling and i BET it has! Its a market need - like Gallardo few years ago. Thanks to cars like that we have Reventon and Aventador.
Apr 7th, 2012 2:06am
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
They could not have overstyled the back of that more if they'd put cadillac fins on it
Apr 6th, 2012 10:25pm
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vilivo vilivo
Is that a dare?
Apr 7th, 2012 3:18am
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Dislike its window line. Looks too simple and it reminds me Lada 2112
Apr 6th, 2012 8:31pm
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RajanikanthVReddy RajanikanthVReddy
nice, rear light treatment overdone, looks to wide
Apr 6th, 2012 8:23pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
I think "overdone" and "too wide" are Lamborghini signatures.
Apr 6th, 2012 10:52pm
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