Lamborghini Crossover SUV Concept bound for the 2012 Beijing Motor Show?
Every now and then, the wild stories surrounding the Lamborghini SUV surface. With the 2012 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, rumors are flying thick and fast, and the latest one suggests that Beijing is where Lamborghini will showcase its SUV concept for showgoer feedback.
Why Beijing and why not Geneva you might ask, we’ll tell you just that. China has been a massive market for Lamborghini with China’s new found wealth and its assorted billionaires choosing to plonk their millions on more Lamborghinis than any other supercar brand, making the Chinese market one of the biggest growth engines for the Italian supercar maker.
Lamborghini also expects China to be its number 1 market in 2012, giving a modicum of likelihood to all the speculations surrounding the Lamborghini Concept SUV. Lamborghini is now a part of the leviathan Volkswagen AG group and this means that the SUV that Lamborghini is developing could fish around the Volkswagen group parts bin.
So, don’t be too surprised to see more than some parts sharing happening for the Lamborghini SUV, from the range of high end brands that Volkswagen purveys currently. According to one report on the interweb, the Lamborghini SUV is expected to take inspiration from the Aventador rather than harking back to the erstwhile LM002 SUV. Production plans might take 2 to 3 years though.
In line with that, expect a racy looking SUV or crossover that will have enough straight lines and sharpness to give Japanese Origami art a run for its money. The SUV from Lamborghini could do particularly well in emerging markets, where supercars still remain quite impractical and unusable for most parts due to their very low ground clearances.
For instance, in India, the Porsche Cayenne SUV is the largest selling vehicle for Porsche, another brand from the Volkswagen group. In the Indian market, the Cayenne SUV outsells every other supercar from the Porsche stable, many times to one, highlighting the fact that SUVs are a better bet for markets where roads are yet to catch up with the more developed parts of the world.