Aston Martin has nixed skeleton to offer an all-electric powertrain in its initial prolongation SUV. The indication was previewed by a all-electric DBX concept, that debuted during a 2015 Geneva Motor Show. But in an talk with Automotive News, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer pronounced a SUV will be charity with gasoline engines only, statute out diesel and plug-in hybrid versions as well.
While associate British automaker Bentley offers a diesel chronicle of a Bentayga SUV in Europe, Palmer pronounced he believes “diesel’s life is limited.” He pronounced plug-in hybrid powertrains are a “convenient stepping stone,” yet a additional weight and cost make them unattractive for Aston. A required hybrid powertrain might be a probability for a SUV, though, as Palmer has discussed charity an electrified various of each Aston model.
The SUV is approaching to enter prolongation in 2019. It will be built during a new bureau in Wales, that occupies a site of a former troops base. With an all-electric choice off a table, Aston will expected hang a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 or a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 it borrows from Mercedes-AMG underneath a SUV’s hood. When it arrives, a Aston will contest opposite a flourishing stand of high-end SUVs, including a Bentayga, Rolls-Royce’s arriving Cullinan, and a Lamborghini Urus.
The all-electric powertrain might not be a customarily component of a DBX judgment that won’t make it to production. Instead of DBX, a prolongation indication might be named Varekai, in gripping with Aston’s robe of regulating names that start with “V” for many models. The “DB” prefix (the initials of postwar Aston enthusiast David Brown) is customarily indifferent for a automaker’s core sports-car model, currently a DB11.
Aston isn’t giving adult on electric cars. The automaker still skeleton to build an all-electric chronicle of a Rapide — called RapidE — in singular numbers. It will follow that adult with an electric automobile for a Lagonda sub-brand. Aston denounced a Lagonda sedan judgment called a Vision during a 2018 Geneva Motor Show, as good as a scale indication of a probable Lagonda SUV. Lagonda started out as a apart company but was joined with Aston Martin in 1947. Aston has practical a Lagonda name irregularly to large oppulance sedans.