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Aston Martin Says SUV Is A Go

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On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


Aston Martin Says SUV Is A Go

Everyone from Maserati to Lamborghini to Bentley has an SUV or an SUV concept, so why not Aston Martin - especially since Aston already showed an SUV concept several years ago. While we've heard mixed reports as to that concept's fate, Aston says this week that it's been working on an SUV based on the 2009 Lagonda.

You can argue about the beauty of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley EXP 9 F, but it's really hard to make a case for the Lagonda. It's just a horrible, boxy design that shows none of Aston Martin's prowess with curvy, fast-looking supercars. The only Aston Martin that it appears related to is the Toyota-iQ-based Cygnet, which is the last car in Aston's line that any future model should bear resemblance to.

Thankfully, word is that Aston plans to completely restyle the SUV. The car's Mercedes G-Class underpinnings will be shared with the Lagonda concept, which debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, but the body should be completely changed (hopefully in a good or at least passable way).

The model may use a mix of Aston and Mercedes powertrain options. According to Inside Line, the flagship model may use Aston's 6.0-liter V-12, while lower trim levels may use Mercedes gas, diesel and/or hybrid powertrains.

It's not yet clear how Aston will brand the SUV. It could be an Aston Martin, like the Cygnet, or it could provide a re-launch of the Lagonda nameplate, the 20th century British car brand that Aston purchased and later discontinued.

It's not clear when Aston will launch the SUV, but given the heating of rumors over the past few months, we could see it bowing next year, perhaps at the Geneva Motor Show.




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