Lamborghini unveils Urus SE ahead of Auto China 2024

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By Saptarshi Mondal, Autocar India calendar 24 Apr 2024 Views icon2730 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
Lamborghini unveils Urus SE ahead of Auto China 2024

Lamborghini has unveiled a new plug-in hybrid version of the Urus SUV at the Volkswagen Group night on the eve of the Auto China 2024 (Beijing Motor Show). Dubbed the Urus SE, this is now the second hybrid in Lamborghini’s portfolio after the Revuelto. It’s based on the Urus S, gets a new electrified powertrain, revised exterior and interior styling, improved aerodynamics and a lot of fancy tech wizardry under the skin.

Lamborghini Urus SE: powertrain, specs

The Urus SE uses the familiar 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that here produces 620hp and 800Nm on its own. The engine has been thoroughly re-engineered to be coupled with the plug-in hybrid system that uses a 25.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric motor is housed within the 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, just as in the Revuelto, and total system output stands at 800hp and 950Nm.

The Urus SE has an electric-only range of 60km, and can be run in EV mode at speeds of up to 130kph before the combustion engine automatically kicks in. Even in electric mode, the Urus SE has four-wheel drive, and Lamborghini claims a 0-100kph sprint time of 3.4 seconds and a top-speed of 312kph. Although the Urus SE is the most powerful SUV in the range, it slots between the Urus Performante (3.3 seconds) and Urus S (3.5 seconds) in terms of outright acceleration.

Debuting on the Urus SE is the new centrally located longitudinal electric torque vectoring system, which distributes torque continuously between the front and rear axles. It also gets an electronic limited-slip rear differential, which Lamborghini says gives the SUV “on demand oversteer” to evoke the feeling of a sportscar.

Lamborghini Urus SE: drive modes, suspension 

Apart from the familiar Strada, Sport and Corsa modes (for road and track use), and the Neve, Sabbia and Terra modes (for off-road use), the Urus SE gets four additional modes – EV Drive, Hybrid, Recharge and Performance – for a total of ten drive modes.

The first two modes are self-explanatory, while the Recharge mode (usable in Strada, Sport, Corsa and Neve modes) allows up to 80 percent of the battery to be recharged while still maintaining optimal performance, says Lamborghini; the Performance mode can be accessed in both on-road and off-road modes.

The Urus SE gets air suspension, and depending on the driving mode selected, the air springs adjust for ground clearance, with travel ranging from 15mm in Corsa up to 75mm when lifted. The steering weight, drivability and exhaust note also varies depending on the drive mode. Lamborghini says the suspension has been calibrated for even more comfort in Strada mode than in the Urus S, while it's also a lot firmer in the Corsa mode. It also gets revised electronics and 48V anti-roll bars to control pitch, yaw and lean.

Lamborghini Urus SE: exterior and interior

The Urus SE also boasts of quite a few updates that visually sets it apart from the S and the Performante. There’s an all-new bonnet that extends right to edge of the nose, and the absence of the cut-off line gives a sense of continuity. It also gets new headlamps that are slimmer and feature LED matrix technology; the new LED signature is a departure from the signature Y-motifs, and there’s also a new bumper and grille assembly that appears larger and more aggressive than before.

At the rear, the Urus SE gets an all-new tailgate, which, the company says, is inspired by the Gallardo. There’s a contrasting trim connecting the Y-shaped LED tail-lights with a hexagonal mesh pattern seen on older Lamborghinis; there's a new spoiler and the registration plate has been relocated to the diffuser, which itself has grown larger and more prominent. It also gets new designs for the wheels, which can be had in 21-, 22- or 23-inch sizes, and come wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres.

Lamborghini says they have focused special attention on improving aero efficiency. With new underbody vents and redesigned air ducts, the Urus SE is 15 percent more aero-efficient than the original Urus, produces 35 percent more downforce than the Urus S, and offers 30 percent better cooling for the braking system than before.

On the inside, there are new panels for the dashboard that have a more 3D-look than before, the AC vents have been slightly revised and the seats are new as well. But the bigger update is a new 12.3-inch central touchscreen (up from 10.1-inch) that runs the latest software and user interface seen on the Revuelto. As ever, there are a ton of customisation options that one can opt for, including over a 100 exterior colour options and 47 interior finishes, with the additional potential offered via the Ad Personam program.

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