Lamborghini's electrification push begins to gain momentum.
Over the course of 2022, our spy photographers have been sending us loads of images of new Lamborghini Urus variants. Among them is the high-horsepower model expected to be known as the Urus Evo. But in order for Lamborghini to maintain its excellent success with the Urus, it has to adapt and evolve to become more than just an exciting Italian super SUV. It needs to become an environmentally responsible machine that Greenpeace can't attack. We've known for some time that the Lamborghini Urus will eventually go all-electric, but before then, a hybrid will make us more comfortable with the idea of electrified Lambos. For the first time, our photographers have now caught that very vehicle on camera.
We know that this prototype is the Urus plug-in hybrid because of the additional port on the driver-side rear arch. Look closely enough, and you can even see the PHEV decal in the bottom left corner of the windshield. But other than these signs, there's no indication of the SUV's electrified underpinnings. The styling appears to be identical to what you get on a regular Urus, which should help convince more buyers to consider this vehicle. Another factor that should help this thing sell is its output, which is rumored to be considerably higher than what you get with a combustion-only Urus.
In a traditional Urus, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 generates 641 horsepower. Our sources say that the Urus PHEV could well be offered with two outputs, the lower of which will be around 675 hp. If that's not enough, a monstrous 820-hp variant is sure to convince apprehensive buyers that going hybrid is a good idea. That being said, it's important to take these rumors with a pinch of salt, as Lamborghini has been very quiet about what we can expect. Regardless, we've got a long wait ahead of us as the first electrified Lambo SUV is only predicted to arrive next year.