The automaker's plug-in SUV seems to have a new look to help it stand apart.
Last month, Lamborghini revealed the Urus S, and like the Huracan Evo, the new nomenclature indicates that this is a facelift of the existing vehicle rather than a new addition to the lineup. The Urus S borrows some tech, performance, and styling updates from the also-new Urus Performante that was revealed a month earlier, but it's not the last new Lamborghini SUV for a while. A plug-in hybrid version has been in the works for some time now, and our spy photographers have just captured a closer look at the production body. While past Urus hybrid mules have been caught wearing pre-production bodies, this prototype is not, and the changes we can see are pretty substantial.
At the front, we can see that the intakes on the sides will feature Y-shaped vanes rather than the straight, horizontal elements from the Urus S and Performante. Above the side intakes (which no longer feature a straight line at the outer edges) appear to be new daytime running lights with frosted lenses, although these could also be new indicator elements. But the really big change is found in the main lighting units, where we can see an altogether new shape. The new headlights look sharper and angrier, and this change has made the front end a little smoother. Decals on the hood clearly identify the electrified underpinnings, as does a new charge port on the rear wheel arch.
At the rear, there is a lot of camouflage, but we can still see a Y-shaped element in the taillights and four exhaust tips. It's very unusual for a hybrid version of an existing car to be so comprehensively covered up, but it seems that Lamborghini will be giving the Urus PHEV a totally fresh look. On the one hand, this could be to make the hybrid model stand out simply because it has a different powertrain, or it could be that the PHEV will offer a new level of performance that may eclipse that of even the Urus Performante.
The Urus S produces the same 657 horsepower as the Performante, but it's quite possible that the hybrid version will get a unique name and even more power. The current rumor is that the Urus PHEV will share plug-in tech with Porsche, with this said to be offered in two forms. An "entry-level" version would pair the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor for a total of roughly 675 hp, while a range-topping model could offer as much as 820 hp. Thus far, there has been no official communication on what to expect, so take these figures with a pinch of salt. A debut is only likely to happen late in 2023 as a 2024 model, so a final possibility is that the new styling changes will be applied to all Urus models, not just the PHEV. We'll keep our eyes peeled.