lamborghini urus beijing

The stunning Lamborghini Urus SUV, which arguably stole the 2012 Beijing show in concept form, is slated to arrive in production form by late 2016, according to a report published by Autocar UK.

Audi boss Rupert Stadler has told the British publication that the Lamborghini Urus should be given the production go-ahead sometime this year, and that it would sit on a new generation of the MLB platform that employs a mix of aluminium and steel bonded and riveted together (carbon-fibre may also be used). This new platform will also underpin the next Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7.

At the point of unveiling last year, Lambo said it aimed to make the Urus the most powerful production SUV in the world – 600 hp being the target figure. But that’s not all – it needed to emit the least CO2 among its competitors, without using a diesel engine.

That relatively short bonnet means Lambo’s V10 or V12 units are unlikely too, but reports have speculated more recently that a hybrid drivetrain with as much as 670 hp could power the SUV. Some suggest that the Bentley Continental GT‘s 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 is also possible.

With Aventador-derived sharp angles, 24-inch matte-finished aluminium wheels encased in 305/35 Pirelli Scorpion Zero rubber, quad hexagonal tailpipes and those mad, mad intakes, the concept certainly is one imposing beast, to say the least. We do hope the production car doesn’t lose too many of these.

See more pictures of the Lamborghini Urus on the Beijing show stand here.