lamborghini urus beijing

Ferrari may be turning its nose up at SUVs, but its long-time arch-rival is ever closer towards welcoming one into its fold – according to CarBuzz, Audi boss Rupert Stadler has confirmed that the Lamborghini Urus has been given the green light, and that production is set to begin in 2017.

In a previous report, Stadler said that the production version of the super-SUV would sit on a new generation of the MLB platform that employs a mix of aluminium and steel bonded and riveted together, with the use of carbon-fibre also possible.

A commonly-speculated powertrain is a plug-in hybrid setup (which could involve the Bentley Continental GT‘s 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8) with as much as 670 hp in total output, but it’s unlikely to be the only powertrain on the menu.

In 2012, the Lamborghini Urus stole the Beijing show in concept form. With those Aventador-derived sharp angles, 24-inch matte-finished aluminium wheels encased in 305/35 Pirelli Scorpion Zero rubber and striking quad hexagonal tailpipes, why wouldn’t you expect it to?