Aston Martin is continuing work on an SUV to rival the upcoming Bentley EXP 9 F. The car will be loosely based on the Lagonda concept from the 2009 Geneva motor show but Aston is promising a total restyle after near-universal criticism of the show car.
Like the 2009 car, the new SUV will be based on the underpinnings of the Mercedes-Benz G-class. Aston admits a deal is in place for Mercedes to supply platforms, drivetrains and even engines. Aston is likely to offer its own familiar 6.0-litre V12 in a flagship model, but a range of smaller petrol and diesel models and possibly even a hybrid will be offered.
The styling will bear no relation to the concept but it has not yet been decided if the new SUV will be badged as an Aston Martin or, like the show car, a Lagonda.
With Bentley and Lamborghini readying luxury performance SUVs, Aston may feel that it no longer needs to take on the risk and expense of relaunching a half-forgotten brand. Mercedes’ own experience with Maybach is a lesson in how difficult it can be to do so successfully.