According to a report in Auto Express, Lamborghini has finally admitted that it will be revealing an early take on its new model, an SUV, at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Said to have "a high-rise version of the Estoque" front end, two doors and punched-out rear wheel arches, it will sit on the same platform as the Volkswagen Group's other premium SUVs from Audi, Porsche, VW and possibly Bentley.

A bit of oddity is that Auto Express pegs the name as the MLC. If such is the case, perhaps its a return to the only other SUV naming convention Lamborghini's had, the alphanumeric LM002, but "MLC" strikes us as a bland, sexless waste of a chance to append something brutishly and memorably taurean.

Speculation all along has been that the MLC would get a retuned version of the V10 from the Gallardo. If the output of the MLC's mill is 584-horsepower as per the report, that would be 41 horses beyond the Gallardo. A hybrid model to follow would get that over the 600-hp mark. Production is rumored to happen in 2015, with an estimated $200,000 price tag putting it well above anything that isn't from Bentley or Russia.

And for those who still dream of an Estoque, the MLC might not be the only Lamborghini borrowing a platform. The arrow-nosed four-door Estoque is said to remain under consideration, and just as the Cayenne led to the Panamera, a production Estoque could be prepared based on the next-generation Panamera's underpinnings.


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      Lada F1 team
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm afraid of this forcing Ferrari's hand in making one as well.
        jvshenderson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lada F1 team
        Not if they're smart. The FF has way more sport and just as much utility, and IMO its far more stylish...
        Ralph M.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lada F1 team
        I think Fiat S.p.A. will leave the Ferrari brand untainted for now. They left the dishonor to Ferrari's sister brand, Maserati. Originally called the Kubang, the Maserati SUV is green-lighted for production in 2013. Ferrari will supply some of the engines with Chrysler contributing the rest. It's sad when pure sports car brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini decide to make one. However, SUVs do generate revenue. I believe the Cayenne is still Porsche's top selling model. The downside is, customers who buy your definitive models such as the 911 and Aventador will be bummed that a pig of a car is wearing the same badge as you.
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lamborghini making an SUV? Good grief, next thing you know they will be making farm equipment. ;)
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would not mind but at 200K I can have a baby Lambo, the Gallardo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      masonperegrine
      • 3 Years Ago
      MLC is my initials, so I'm ALL for it being named that.
        Harold Thomas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @masonperegrine
        Lambos are named after fighting bulls, right? And this thing is likely to be huge, so maybe they'll name it after a bull fighting ring?
      bouljf
      • 3 Years Ago
      If there is something we know about this SUV platform from Volkswagen is that it’s not light; a Cayenne weighs in around 5,000 lbs. A car with this kind of mass needs a lot of torque to move quickly and as wonderful as the Lambo V10 is, it doesn’t produce the torque necessary (500+ lb/ft) to compete in the “super SUV” field. Unless they drop the RS6’s twin turbo V10 in that thing it’ll get killed by the X5M, the ML63 and its cousin the Cayenne Turbo; SUVs you can buy for half the price.
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      MLC = My Little Cock
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      So wrong
      evilzibob
      • 3 Years Ago
      All I have to say...Rebirth of the LM002!
        k_m94
        • 3 Years Ago
        @evilzibob
        Except this isn't. This is a soft roader that would likely see as much terrain in its lifetime as an Aventador would. The LM seemed to be deliberately crap on road and spectacular off road.
      jvshenderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      At $200K I doubt many will be taken offroad, and with only 2 doors it won't carry many adults, so there goes the "utility" part of the equation... This thing makes no sense to me.
        Al Terego
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        It's definitely not for you if you have to question its purposefulness.
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        Like those things really matter to the people who are going to buy this.
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