The Lamborghini Urus will debut in December, but, as fans know, it won't be the first time the Italian marque has offered an SUV. Now, ahead of the new model's launch, the Raging Bull brand has looked back on its legendary off-roader: the LM002.

It's been 25 years since the original Lamborghini SUV went out of production, but it doesn't make the LM002 any less important in the company's history.

The LM002 started its life as a prototype for a high-performance military vehicle in the late 1970s, dubbed the Cheetah (above). Following the 1981 LM001 and LMA concepts, the final production version of the LM002 was presented at the 1986 Brussels auto show, featuring a front-mounted 335kW 5.2-litre V12 engine borrowed from the Countach Quattrovalvole supercar.

Headlining features include an aluminium and fibreglass body, four-wheel drive, transfer case and three self-locking differentials. The LM002 could reach speeds of over 200km/h while also being capable of tackling 120 per cent gradients.

Production of the LM002 would start with the bodies at a company near Bilbao, Spain. The parts were then shipped to Sant'Agata Bolognese to have the powertrain and mechanicals fitted, before being tested and delivered to customers. A total of 300 units were produced between 1986 and 1992.

Lamborghini says its LM002 is widely considered as "the father of luxury SUVs" - though Land Rover may have something to say about that.

Meanwhile, the company is about to start a new chapter with the Urus - a new high-end crossover with twin-turbo V8 power and claimed to offer both "true Lamborghini" dynamics along with "good off-road abilities".

The Urus will also be the company's first hybrid model, with an electrified variant due to be revealed next year. Rivals will include the Bentley Bentayga, along with the upcoming Aston Martin DBX and recently-confirmed Ferrari 'FUV' - starting a new chapter in the legendary rivalry between the Raging Bull and Prancing Horse brands.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the Lamborghini Urus's reveal on December 4. Click the photos tab for more images.