We have been waiting for this moment for some time now, ever since Porsche got into the crossover business in fact. We had our doubts, but when Aston Martin announced they would be making the Lagonda, it seemed that the pieces were in order for a Lamborghini crossover. This is especially true since rumors have been floating about claiming that Lamborghini was working on an SUV anyway.
Now, when Porsche first made the Cayenne there were many enthusiasts who rioted in the streets, but look how it turned out. The Cayenne is the first selling model in their range, despite some interesting design cues in the first generation. Aston’s Lagonda will take those design cues and turn them upside down, as this thing is ugly in concept form. Still, an Aston SUV might sell if the price is right.
With high-performance SUV sales as good as they are, Lamborghini wants in the mix. Given the fact that they are apart of the Volkswagen Group, they should have plenty of bits lying around to use.
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We may have an idea of what this future crossover will look like considering we received a rendering of it back in January that showed a front that is classic lamborghini and what looks to be a rear end from one of their sports cars, just a bit higher. In fact, the whole thing looks like a Gallardo that was raised up and made a bit taller.
We do think that it might be based on the Audi Q5 and the Porsche Cajun, so perhaps some of the those design elements will carry through. Take a little Q5 and add some Lamborghini touches and you might get the basic design. In fact, the Lamborghini LM00X might be placed on the Audi Q5’s platform, which is also being utilized by Porsche for their upcoming Cajun. Adjustments such as a unique suspension, high-performance brakes, and new dampers are expected.
The original LM002 was a monstrous machine with a V12 and enough power to pull out stumps. Yet, this new version will take things down a notch, but not very far. It will use a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 from the Audi A7 and we imagine that the power output will be around 550 horses. That should allow this three-door crossover hit 62 mph in less than four seconds.
The Lamborghini crossover has yet to be developed, but when it does show its automotive face then we may be looking at a price tag of around EUR120,000 (approx. $165,000). For now, we can expect it to go up against the Aston Martin Lagonda, Porsche Cajun, and Range Rover Evoque. The first two have yet to be made, while the last may not even come close to the Lambo’s price tag. We’ll have to wait and see.
We think it will be here around 2012 or 2013, right in line with the expected dates for the Lagonda and the Cajun.