Rumors typically have a limited shelf life. Either they come to fruition, or they just die off. But not this one. The automotive press has been anticipating a follow-up to the Lamborghini LM002 (pictured above) for decades now, but with anticipation building, they appear to finally be coming to a head this year.

Although not quite an official confirmation, a spokesperson for Lamborghini's parent company Audi has indicated that all the speculation regarding the imminent arrival of a new Lamborghini crossover are, essentially, true. The concept version is expected to debut at the Beijing Motor Show in April with a retuned version of the V10 engine in the Gallardo and an eye on the likes of the Maserati Kubang and BMW X6 – only likely higher-end in its market position.

The decision-making process in Sant'Agata Bolognese was reportedly to build either a crossover or a sedan (previewed by the Estoque concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show) as a third model line, but the current speculation suggests that Lamborghini could build both, with the four-door sedan to follow a couple of years down the line.


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      maxdamage
      • 2 Years Ago
      am i drunk or people are coomenting the LM002 in the picture thinking it's a new design?
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @maxdamage
        No, you are right. Everyone who has no idea what the LM002 is is commenting thinking the new SUV is this, and then saying it looks like a Jeep/Hummer ripoff.
          visconti24
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          The text says clearly that the new vehicle is a FOLLOW UP to the one on the picture. But it is so much better to post responses before actually reading the story, isn't it?
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honest Question to everyone: What irks you more, when a vehicle is produced and doesn't conform with a brands identity(As a soft-road lambo would), or when a vehicle is produced for a specific mission(such as high speed off roading) and you see it in the opposite locale(cruising in South Beach on perfectly paved roads at 5mph)?
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      You don't have to be a car person to know the LM002 IS NOT a NEW concept, if you bother to read the article and look at the interior pics you will realize this vehicle is several decades old. The LM002 PRE-DATES the military Humvee, it was originally developed in the 70s as part of a bid from the US military for a off road vehicle. At the time that prototype was called the Lamborghini Cheetah and in 1977 it was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. The US military tested the only prototype ever made and was soon destroyed by them never to be seen again. Because the US military showed no interest, in the late 80s Lamborghini developed a civilian version called the LM002 as seen in the picture above It is very similar to the Cheetah concept from the 70s, the LM002 only sold in limited numbers and production halted in 1993.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      When a mainstream brand builds a supercar everyone is like oooo ahhhh, when a exotic car brand wants to build a mainstream vehicle everyone is like boooo yuck. Go for it Lamborghini build a SUV as fierce and strong as a Spanish fighting bull. If no one likes it so be it, it's not going to tarnish the brand. I want to see what you guys can come up with.
      onewayroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was hopping the sedan was coming first..oh well, not like i could afford either.
      larshafner
      • 2 Years Ago
      who calls the LM002 ugly? this car is a legend muppets!
      Gregster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! that thing is ugly!!!!!
      Midnight-Club
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope it has a front like the lamborghini murcielago or the aventador with the same styled headlights and bumper..
      Andre' Da Silva
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you (place your favorite expletives here) commenting would actually read instead of just looking at the pictures, you would know that the images shown are that of the Lamborghini LM002 which was released "decades" ago as in the 1980's and not a picture of the new concept vehicle that they are anticipating building this year. That SUV shown in the picture was an amazing piece of engineering for its time capable of 120 mph on off road terrain. Simply a beast and the first true high performance SUV which the pictures do not do justice.
      Kamal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw one two weekends ago in Totowa, NJ on Union BLVD and followed it to RT 80 West where it then went onto RT. 23 North. It was red exactly like the picture. And much like the picture ugly as hell. No notable exhaust note. VERY large though.
        Kamal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kamal
        I did follow it for a bit. Here is the best shot i could get with my phone. The truck looked real to me. I can not however 100% vouch that it is. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamalopsu/6814166563/
      redgpgtp97
      • 2 Years Ago
      uhm, preHummer?
      mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW owns Audi which owns Lambo. VW has won the Dakar quite a few times. So I think they know what they're doing when it comes to building 4 wheeldrive vehicles.
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