Lamborghini could start an SUV in 2017, CEO Stephan Winkelmann advised a German newspaper.
The Italian supercar manufacturer will unveil a principle for the motor vehicle at the Beijing motor display on April 23 to take a look at community response, in accordance to a report in the German enterprise every day Handelsblatt on Thursday.
Winkelmann needs the SUV as a third product line together with the Gallardo and Aventador tremendous autos to aid make the brand worthwhile. China is a essential market for higher-margin luxury SUVs.
"We absolutely need to have a 3rd line in the mid and lengthy expression," Winkelmann advised the paper. "An SUV would be the very first Lamborghini for everyday use, not just for the race monitor or weekends. We would have the opportunity to win new clients."
Lamborghini has been shedding income because 2009 and is beneath stress from father or mother Volkswagen Team to turn out to be profitable, the newspaper report mentioned.
Winkelmann informed the paper that he hopes that VW will determine this calendar year whether or not to permit the brand name to create an SUV. "It usually normally takes 48 months right up until an all-new vehicle arrives at dealers, so the new Lamborghini would not be offered to get before 2017."
The paper quoted business resources as expressing the selection is specified to be optimistic.
If the vehicle is approved for manufacturing, Lamborghini would be part of VW stablemate Bentley in diversifying into the developing super-luxury SUV market place.
The two brands will be ready to contact on a new variation of the VW Group system that presently underpins the Audi Q7, VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne.
Bentley is preparing to launch inside of a few many years an SUV dependent on the EXP nine F SUV notion revealed at the Geneva motor demonstrate in March. Next calendar year, Fiat's Maserati brand will launch sales of a manufacturing edition of the Kubang principle unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt car display.
Lamborghini is expected to use its personal engines for its SUV, most most likely a revamped version of the Gallardo's V10 gasoline unit.
Previous year, Lamborghini offered one,602 autos globally, an improve of 23 p.c on the previous year. China is the brand's second-biggest market following the United States. The U.K. is subsequent, followed by Germany and Italy.
By: Nick Gibbs