Friday, 7 February 2014

Aston Martin Lagonda a go for production - Al Ain Japan

 Aston Martin Lagonda SUV could ride on the Mercedes-Benz GL platform

 Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche revealed a possible Aston Martin SUV could utilize the GL-Class platform.

It was 2009 when Aston Martin unveiled the Lagonda concept at the Geneva Motor Show and now almost five years later a production model is still being considered. Mercedes-Benz is willing to lend its GL-Class platform for an Aston Martin SUV which is now programmed to come out in 2017. Dieter Zetsche said it's up to the British marque to decide if they want to use the platform.

According to the company, the concept draws inspiration from past Lagonda models as well as modern speedboat design but the end result appears to have little in common with either. The front is dominated by a wide grille with horizontal bars, large air intakes, swept-back headlights, and blackened A-pillars which helps to give the windscreen a wraparound appearance. In profile the concept features a miniature version of Aston Martin's front fender vents, a slopping roofline, an upward-sweeping rear passenger window, flush mounted door handles, and massive 22" wheels. Perhaps the most controversial angle is the concept's rear, as it has a small rear window and a large raised trunk which appears as if it were lifted straight off a Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

Although no interior pictures were released, the company says the cabin features spacious individual seating for four and is designed to provide occupants with a rich environment that leaves them feeling relaxed and comfortable.

Power for the concept comes from a V12 engine with an unspecified engine output, but of more important news is the fact that Lagonda will explore the use of flex-fuel, diesel, and hybrid powertrains for future production models.

An Aston Martin SUV will surely upset purists but nowadays it seems every automaker out there is making an SUV or a crossover. Even Rolls-Royce and Bentley are working on these models so such a body style coming from Aston Martin won't be out of the ordinary. Sports cars will continue to remain AM's heart and soul and upcoming models will be powered by an AMG-sourced V8 engine as a result of last year's signed collaboration between Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz's AMG division.

Source: Al Ain Japan