Lamborghini Lanzador showcases a 2+2 GT electric crossover for 2028
Lamborghini’s first electric car, the Lanzador prototype, has been revealed, but we won’t see it on the roads until 2028.
18 August 2023 at 13:52
Lamborghini is going electric, and the Lanzador concept shows us exactly what we should expect from the company’s first foray into the world of battery-powered machines. Officially, this is just a preview of what we can expect from the company come 2028. Unofficially, the concept provides a fairly realistic look at what will become the company’s fourth model and will enter series production with minimal changes.
The Lanzador EV, unveiled at Monterey Car Week, is described as a GT car with high ground clearance. Usually, we assume that this is just a better way of saying it’s an intersection. However, there’s more to the three-door body style than what the crossover brand typically offers.
From the front, it’s unmistakably a Lamborghini. From the side and rear three-quarters, it almost mimics a dune buggy – or perhaps one of Tamiya’s RC cars. There’s no doubt that this three-door SUV resembles, say, the original Range Rover Evoque. And it doesn’t end up looking like Honey-I-shrunk-the-Urus.
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We’re told that inspiration for the exterior comes from a mix of legendary Lamborghini models, including the Sesto Elemento, Murcielago, and Countach LPI 800-4. Meanwhile, the driving position is said to have been refined from the Huracán Sterato, with a bit of a spaceship mixed in. And yet, Lambeau.
Inside the cockpit, you can get a better idea of where the spacecraft’s impact was directed. The design of the dashboard and center console is almost skeletal, but the designers stress that they took advantage of the versatility offered by the electric drive system to create something that can also be used on a daily basis. As such, the rear hatch opens onto a huge cargo area, which can be expanded by folding the rear seats. Plus, there’s extra storage space in the trunk, making this a very practical GT car. Espada 2.0 then? Maybe not quite, but it’s undeniable that there are shades of it in the spirit of 2+2.
Meanwhile, the concept vehicle’s interior features a heavy focus on sustainability, as well as boasting that most materials are made in Italy. The thread in nylon seats is made from recycled plastic, while many invisible plastics (such as seat foam) are made from 3D-printed recycled plastic. The carbon fiber used inside features reclaimed elements, such as recycled PET, and even the water used to tan the leather has been reused from olive oil plants.
Not surprisingly, Lamborghini stopped short of revealing many details about the concept’s drivetrain. There are no power, performance or range numbers to speak of. However, it did allow us to talk about some of the finer points of the car’s innovative technology.
The Lanzador features permanent all-wheel drive with two motors powering each set of wheels. To ensure the car matches dynamic expectations, the rear axle features a form of torque vectoring. There’s also the new Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) driving dynamics control system. Through a battery of sensors, the new technology aims to customize the car’s dynamics to suit the individual driver through an advanced algorithm.
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Pair that with active suspension and active aerodynamics, and you’ve got a concept that seems primarily focused on the on-road half of the crossover equation – we can’t help but think that a ‘Sterrato’d’ version could serve as a tasty follow-up to the current model.
Lamborghini is already aiming to have an all-electric vehicle lineup by the end of 2024, but has yet to announce plans to go fully electric, instead focusing on carbon neutrality and leveraging hybrid technology. The all-electric Urus will join the Lanzador in 2029.
The Lanzador production plant will be built at the company’s Sant’Agata Bolognese plant, with plans to expand the site to facilitate production. However, by the time Lanzador translates into something tangible, it will be 2028 – about three years after local rival Ferrari plans to unveil its first electric car. Will Lanzador be able to offer buyers a compelling alternative? Only time will tell.