New XV is a hit from farm­yard to free­way

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HERE is a glimpse of things to come. As­ton Martin are to re­vive their Lagonda mar­que with a rad­i­cal elec­tric SUV.

Af­ter steal­ing the 2018 Geneva mo­tor show with the re­mark­able ‘Vi­sion Con­cept’ Lagonda (above) the pres­tige Bri­tish car maker has con­firmed plans for its first pro­duc­tion model - a rad­i­cal zero-emis­sion SUV.

Sched­uled to be un­veiled in 2021, the Lagonda SUV will be the first lux­ury SUV ex­clu­sively driven by a zero emis­sion power train.

As­ton say that the ‘rein­vented su­per-lux­ury mar­que’ will fea­ture an evo­lu­tion of the bold de­sign first seen with the ‘Vi­sion Con­cept’ and will be built around near-fu­ture tech­nolo­gies.

“The Lagonda SUV will re­tain the bold­ness of the Vi­sion Con­cept,” said As­ton Martin EVP and Chief Creative Of­fi­cer, Marek Re­ich­man.

“Lagonda is a lux­ury brand, but it is also one rooted in tech­nol­ogy. It will be like no other SUV to drive, so its looks have to re­flect that new re­al­ity and to serve as pathfinder to a fu­ture in which the most de­sir­able and pres­ti­gious au­to­mo­biles still have a place.”

No price for the Lagonda SUV has yet been re­vealed, but ex­pect it to be some­what eye-wa­ter­ing. FORD have gone all SUV as well with an off road ver­sion of the new Fi­esta (above). They say the Ac­tive cross­over brings sports util­ity ve­hi­cle styling and ver­sa­til­ity for the grow­ing num­bers of Eu­ro­pean SUV cus­tomers

Rugged ex­te­rior de­sign fea­tures ad­di­tional cladding, unique al­loy wheels, and roof rails plus raised ride­height and op­ti­mised sus­pen­sion to en­hance rough-road abil­ity

Nor­mal, Eco and Slip­pery Drive Modes de­liver driver con­fi­dence in all con­di­tions and en­gines in­clude Ford’s 1.0-litre Eco­Boost petrol and 1.5-litre TDCi diesel.

Ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance tech­nolo­gies help avoid and mit­i­gate the ef­fects of ac­ci­dents us­ing sen­sors that scan up to 130 me­tres ahead – more than the length of a foot­ball pitch.

Prices for the Fi­esta Ac­tive start from £17,570 and they are on sale now.

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