Aston Martin’s first SUV is expected to be launch in 2019 or 2020. The vehicle was previewed in the form of the two-door DBX concept at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Before the DBX concept, the company showed four-door Lagonda concept in Geneva auto show back in 2009 and not particularly well-received. Aston Martin hinted at the final design of the SUV in a highly stylized teaser sketch released in 2017. The teaser shows that it is expected to stay close to the overall profile of the DBX concept with muscular shape and also feature four doors and a tailgate.
The DBX concept model previewed in Geneva auto show was powered by four electric motors supported with lithium-sulfur battery. But the production version is expected to get power from Aston’s 5.2-litre V12, which will be modified to make 600bhp or AMG-sourced 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 that makes 503bhp.
The preparation for production of the SUV has started at the Aston Martin’s production plant in St Athan in Wales. Till now the company has not announced the name of the SUV but its expected to give the name Varekai which is a Romani word for “wherever” or “anywhere” and it sticks to the Aston’s naming convention of names starting with a V – like the Vantage, Vanquish and Valkyrie. Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Maserati Levante and top-end Range Rovers and Porsche Cayennes are the competitors for Aston Martin’ SUV.