Aston Martin will revamp its DB9 flagship and Vantage two-seater in 2013/14, as the firm strives to refresh its range without going to the expense of engineering all-new models.
A plan for a more fundamental revamp of the cars, together with a shift further upmarket, has been shelved due to the impact of the global financial crisis.
Instead, Aston is focusing on a detailed engineering overhaul of the DB9/Vantage's current bonded aluminium structure, which will be clothed in new body panels and fitted out with revamped interiors.
Our artist's impression gives a feel for how the reskin will look, although the final styling still has to be signed off.
Inspiration for the new DB9 will come from Aston's limited-run One-77 supercar, although the styling will be toned down for the bigger-selling model.
A key new detail is understood to be a distinctive bodyside feature line that flows out of the hallmark air vent on each front wing. The Vantage has a similar feature, and it has migrated to the four-door Rapide.
Otherwise the styling will be a crisper version of today's handsome car. Aston is also understood to be experimenting with versions of the wide, deep front grille from the One-77, a theme first seen on the DB7 Zagato, although insiders suggest that any future production version of that grille needs to be more subtle on the DB9.
While these styling changes will freshen the DB9 in its second generation, key dimensions such as the wheelbase, width, height and front/rear overhangs will be largely unchanged, as Aston's engineers concentrate on improving the technology they already have at their disposal.