First Aston Mar­tin SUV to en­ter pro­ducti­on

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

Aston Mar­tin has con­fir­med that its first SUV will en­ter pro­ducti­on in la­te 2019 at its new St At­han plant in Wa­les in the UK. Ho­we­ver, the B­ri­tish car ma­nu­fac­tu­rer ha­sn’t yet re­le­a­sed any de­tails or spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons for the u­p­co­ming mo­del.

B­ri­tish me­dia has spe­cu­la­ted that Aston Mar­tin’s de­but SUV, ba­sed on the DBX con­cept which was pre­sen­ted in 2015 at Peb­ble Be­ach, Ca­li­for­nia, could be cal­led the Va­re­kai.

The ga­so­li­ne ver­si­on is ex­pected to get the firm’s V12 en­gi­ne, but Aston Mar­tin may be ai­ming to po­wer up the wor­ld’s most po­wer­ful SUV furt­her, out­strip­ping the 484kW Lam­bor­g­hi­ni Urus, thanks to a hy­brid po­wer­train.

For that, the ma­nu­fac­tu­rer will ap­pa­rent­ly con­si­der u­sing a Mer­ce­des-AMG four­lit­re V8 twin-tur­bo en­gi­ne ma­t­ched with an e­lec­tric mo­tor of a­round 149kW, which com­bi­ned would co­me c­lo­se to 521kW.

Com­pe­ti­ti­on is in­cre­a­singly fier­ce at the high end of the SUV mar­ket. Aston Mar­tin will be going up a­gainst the Bent­ley Ben­tay­ga, the Lam­bor­g­hi­ni Urus and the Rolls-Roy­ce Cul­li­nan. Fer­ra­ri al­so has its first SUV in the works.

Ap­pa­rent­ly that is not all: Aston Mar­tin has a­not­her SUV in the pi­peli­ne for its pre­mi­um La­gon­da brand, due 2021 at the e­ar­liest. It is ba­sed on the La­gon­da Vi­si­on Con­cept, a se­mi-au­to­no­mous vehi­cle that was pre­sen­ted at the Ge­ne­va Mo­tor S­how in March.

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