Aston Martin Announces First SUV Production to Begin in 2019

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By Alex Lauer

 
Aston Martin Announces First SUV Production to Begin in 2019
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26 July 2018

This May, Aston Martin confirmed the first-of-its-kind luxury electric Lagonda SUV.

This week, the British marque announced in a press release that “production of the company’s first sports utility vehicle (SUV) is due to begin in late 2019.”

This timeline was able to be set because the new Aston Martin Lagonda facility — three converted military “super hangars” located in the South Wales village of St Athan — recently completed phase two out of three.

So if one follows the other, that means we’re getting an electric Aston Martin SUV in 2019, right?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Despite the Lagonda name on the factory, various outlets have taken the announcement as proof that the Aston Martin hybrid DBX [concept pictured above] will be the first luxury SUV out of the new facility. But that would mark a departure from CEO Andy Palmer’s statement that “if it’s a Lagonda, you know what you’re getting: it’s 100 per cent electric.”

As Car and Driver writes, the DBX concept was originally fully electric, but now “will use conventional gasoline and hybrid powertrains.” And thanks to a trademark filing, there’s a good chance the DBX’s official name will be Varekai.

Let me get this straight, so we’re getting a luxury hybrid Aston Martin SUV from an all-electric sub-brand’s facility?

Well, that also hasn’t been confirmed. But Aston Martin is clear that the Lagonda line “will relaunch in 2021 as the world’s first luxury electric vehicle company.”

Conflicting details aside, Aston Martin’s first SUV is slated to debut in 2019. What it looks like, is named and packs under the hood, all that is still up in the air.

But for EV fans out there, you’re going to have to wait until the next decade.

Photo via Aston Martin

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