Lamborghini has released a teaser sketch of its new SUV on an invitation to the car’s highly anticipated unveiling at next week’s 2012 Beijing motor show.
The red silhouette gives us our first insight into the SUV’s profile, revealing a heavily raked windscreen and rear window, coupe-style reclining roofline, aggressive side character lines and muscular rear haunches.
The vehicle unveiled at Beijing will be a concept only, with Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkleman telling CarAdvice at last month’s Geneva motor show a production version is still at least four years away.
Winkleman says Lamborghini needs a third model line to ensure the brand’s survival into the future. The all-new SUV should join the line-up around the middle of the decade alongside the Aventador and the replacement to the Gallardo.
The Lamborghini SUV, which China Car Times reports could be called the Urus, joins a growing list of luxury and super sports brands venturing into new territory with crossover vehicles, including Ferrari, Maserati and Bentley.
It is the brand’s first attempt at a high-riding model since the military-inspired LM002, which was produced between 1986 and 1993.
The new model will be particularly important to the brand’s expansion into China, where large luxury cars sell in big numbers. It will share its underpinnings with other full-size Volkswagen Group crossovers, including the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and the upcoming Bentley SUV, based on the EXP 9F concept.
CarAdvice will be live at the Beijing motor show to bring you the news on the Lamborghini SUV and all the other unveilings from Monday. Stay tuned.