An SUV with scissor doors? Lamborghini prepares to go off-road

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Pulling up to the school gates to let little Johnny out through the scissor door of a Lamborghini SUV – most likely painted in an outrageous lime green or burnt orange hue too – would certainly brighten up the monotony of the school run.

But while it sounds like fantasy now, Lamborghini is mulling over the prospect of adding a 4x4 to its line-up.

So ok, it probably won't get scissor doors but reports suggest that the Italian firm known for its unique and conspicuous supercar creations is thinking of scratching the four-door saloon that's been on the Sant'Agata drawing board for years in favour of an SUV.

Lamborghini has always had plans to add a more day-to-day model to its line-up, but the once favoured four-door saloon to rival the likes of Porsche's Panamera, Maserati's Quattroporte and Aston Martin's Rapide is now in line to get the chop in place of an SUV, due to Lamborghini's quest to crack the 4x4-friendly Chinese and Russian markets.

With a decision still yet to be made obviously there's no word on power, but with a choice of the Gallardo's 5.2-litre V10 or the Aventador's 6.5-litre V12, and Lamborghini's four-wheel drive system already running in both cars, a 4x4 911-slayer with huge levels of power and stonking grip is a pretty appealing prospect.

Styling wise, we wouldn't bet against a similar profile to the Porsche Cayenne given the relationship within the VW group and Bentley's announcement of its plans to build a 4x4 based on the Cayenne too.

Lamborghini might have to tone down its usual outrageous styling and colour combos however – a bright orange, angular SUV parked on the drive of a neo-Georgian mansion in the heart of leafy Cheshire or Surrey just won't do.

With a Cayenne chassis and Lamborghini power, a new 4x4 from the Sant'Agata stable would put the perennial jokes surrounding Lamborghini's last 4x4 attempt, the dictators' favourite, the LM002, to bed. Even with a V10 or V12 it would still be more economical than its predecessor too!

The the final decision is rumlured to be due at the end of this year. Whether Lamborghini do plump for a soft-roader or stick with a sleek saloon, we just hope it's a proper wild-at-heart Lambo.