Lamborghini started pre-production of the Urus at its factory in April.

While the wait for Lamborghini’s first-ever SUV still continues, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali now confirms that the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 in the Urus crossover produces 485kW.

In addition to that, the plug-in hybrid model of the high-performance crossover will arrive around the second quarter of 2019, which will be about a year after the non-electrified version’s debut in Europe, according to Automotive News.

Joining a much-contested segment of SUVs, Lamborghini has big expectations. Close sources reveal that the company expects to build 1 000 units of the Urus in 2018 and boost volume to 3 500 of them in 2019.

The high-performance crossover segment is gaining entries. Jeep has the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with 527kW from a 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8. It can reportedly hit 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds and run the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds.

Lambo’s rivals at Porsche also have a high-output crossover on the way. The next-generation Cayenne will eventually be available in S E-Hybrid trim that will combine a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 and plug-in hybrid. The setup produces 500kW and 850Nm in the Panamera.

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