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23rd of October 2017

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Will Lamborghini make a four-door "sedan" after all?

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If you've come to terms with the concept of a Porsche station wagon as well as Rolls-Royce and Bentley SUVs, we have a fresh challenge for you: Lamborghini four-door. Autocar reports that a fourth model line is indeed currently in the concept stage and is slated to debut around 2021, part of the brand's long term plans under Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali. Of course, we've known for some time that Sant'Agata Bolognese was after another SUV to follow up on the legendary LM002 -- the Urus is due later this year -- so a four-door wouldn't be that big of a shocker, all things considered. Lest we forget, Lambo already previewed a sedan in the form of the 2008 Estoque concept, which was shelved in favor of the Urus; we'll ignore the '80s Portofino for now.

What kind of layout might such a model have? Autocar indicates that a front-engined, four-door, four-seat model is still the front-runner for a fourth model line after the Huracan, Aventador and Urus, and Lamborghini has already doubled the size of its production capacity to accommodate the Urus. As the Urus is expected to double the brand's sales the automaker hopes that it will provide enough breathing room in terms of investment to field a fourth line, which we should note has not been confirmed to be a sedan. But it's not lost on Lamborghini that the luxury sedan market in China is far more important than the luxury coupe or convertible market.

“We must be humble. The Urus is only at the pre-production phase and, while the goal is to double sales volumes over a few years, we have yet to earn that accolade," Lamborghini commercial director Federico Foschini told Autocar when pressed on the possibility of a fourth model.

"But of course we should always be looking to grow. If we can take this first step with Urus – a huge step – then there are possibilities," Foschini added.

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According to Autocar, Lambo bosses are currently debating the possibilities, which may see a third supercar positioned above the Aventador or perched in the space between the Huracan and Aventador. This third supercar model could still turn out to be a stylistic and spiritual successor to the beloved Miura, which is a direction that Lamborghini has explored in the recent past as well, in addition to the Estoque four-door.

But an Estoque-style sedan is viewed as a strong candidate at the moment -- it would not offer internal competition to any existing or future models in Lamborghini's lineup, with the Urus paving the way for a more domesticated, practical side of the marque. It helps that there is already a platform deep within the wide world of Volkswagen brands: the MSB platform that currently underpins the new Porsche Panamera is an obvious choice, and there is no shortage of engines within the current Lamborghini lineup or the greater VW empire.  

We'll have to wait and see which course Lamborghini decides to take but for now our money is on the sheer power of the luxury sedan market in China, which is showing no signs of slowing.

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