Lamborghini’s second-ever SUV, the Urus, has made its official debut in Malaysia, just three months after its global premiere. Prices are currently estimated to be in the region of RM1 million, before options, taxes and on-road costs, according to Lamborghini distributor JH Italia.

Motive power is by a 4.0 litre biturbo V8 engine with 650 PS (641 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 850 Nm of torque between 2,250 rpm and 4,500 rpm, for a specific output figure of 162.7 PS per litre. Resulting performance is 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12.8 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h. Deceleration of 100-0 km/h is attained in a distance of 33.7 m.

The advent of the Lamborghini Urus marks the arrival of what the Sant’Agata Bolognese supercar maker calls the world’s first super sport utility vehicle (SSUV), after the advent of the concept in 2012. The turbocharged, bent-eight mill is distinct from the other similarly configured units used to power other models in the greater Volkswagen Group such as the Bentley Continental V8 and Flying Spur V8.

The decision to go with turbocharging was determined by the desired usage range of the SUV, which calls for strong torque performance particularly at low RPM, especially in off-road conditions.

The powerplant is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which features a slip-controlled converter lock-up clutch and a specially-developed torque converter, while tuned to have a very wide range of gear ratios. Drive is sent to all four wheels with a Torsen centre self-locking differential for a 40:60 front-rear torque split, which can send a maximum of 70% to the front or 87% to the rear as required.

The rear axle features a differential with active torque vectoring, directing drive to each individual wheel for optimum traction, depending on driving mode selected as well as road conditions encountered. There is also rear-axle steering, which operates over the entire speed range of the Urus.

Operational angles are up to 3.0 degrees either in tandem with or contrary to the direction of the front wheels. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, measuring 440 mm in front and 370 mm at the rear, and are housed in wheels measuring 21 inches to 23 inches in diameter.

As par for the performance vehicle course, the Lamborghini Urus features multiple driving modes from its ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligence Management) system. In addition to the Strada (Road), Sport and Corsa (Race) modes, the Urus gets a Neve (Snow) mode and as part of optional off-road package, Terra (Dirt) and Sabbia (Sand) as well.

The vehicle’s adaptive air suspension system works together with the drive modes, and will raise or lower the vehicle’s ride height as road and driving conditions dictate. Strada mode adapts to speed for enhanced comfort, while Sport lowers the car at all times for stability and precision.

Corsa limits body roll courtesy of an electromechanical active roll stabilisation system, a Lamborghini first. Meanwhile in the off-road modes (Neve, Terra and Sabbia), the system calls up increased ride height for improved clearance to overcome obstacles.

The ANIMA drive mode selection also alters the aural qualities of the biturbo V8 and its exhaust system; Strada gives the quietest setting as befits the ‘highway’ moniker, with Corsa the most extroverted. In keeping with assisted driving trends, the Urus features an Advance Driver Assistance Systems suite including Precognition collision mitigation, traffic management systems, top-view camera and a trailer coupling mode.

Creature comforts are not skimped on for this first four-door Lamborghini of the VW Group era, where in standard form the rear bench seats three and can be lowered to expand luggage space from 616 litres to 1,596 litres.

Infotainment comes courtesy of the Lamborghini Infotainment System (LIS) which divides operations across two screens; the upper screen handles entertainment and nagivation, telephony and vehicle status information, while the lower screen provides climate controls as well as a keyboard and hand-written input surface.

Mobile device support includes wireless device charging and voice control, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and USB connections. Optional features include a TV tuner, DAB and CI card reader, head-up display, a Lamborghini smartphone interface and a smart display for rear-seat entertainment.

In-car audio features an eight-speaker, four-channel system as standard, while a 21-active speaker, 1,700-watt Bang & Olufsen system with 3D sound can be specified. As with cars that will be sold globally, units bound for Malaysia can be specified with the full range of options available. The first units of the Urus will arrive in Malaysia some time between June and July this year, according to JH Italia.