• Mar 9, 2009

Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Lagonda concept

It's been a while since we heard anything about the long-time-coming partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin. But while we got a good look at what's inside Aston's new One-77 supercar, reports indicate that if we'd taken a peek under the Lagonda concept's skirt we would have seen the familiar parts of the Mercedes GL-Class sport-ute.

According to Aston CEO Ulrich Bez, the company tested a wide variety of luxury SUVs and found the Mercedes the most suitable. Only the wheelbase and A-pillar positioning are said to have carried over, with everything else having changed. The engine, however, is Aston's own. If they decide to build the Lagonda – a decision on which the mixed reaction in Geneva will undoubtedly be a factor – it could be ready in three to five years, but production would likely take place at Aston's own facilities in the UK rather than Mercedes' plant in Alabama.





[Source: Automotive News Europe - sub. req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very expensive turd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kill it. Kill it with fire. Please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In other news, it's still hideous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aston are going to dethrone the Fiat Multipla as the ugliest thing on 4 wheels, who would have ever thought it, disgusting lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I was with everyone else when I first say it saying it was ugly, the Lagonda has really grown on me, enough to say I actually quite like it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only the front of it though. The back is all 45-50s crap
      • 5 Years Ago
      The horrible background and lighting almost make me second guess how bad the design of the vehicle is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I personally like cars like this and the SRX a lot better than SUVs and Mini-Vans... with the notable exception of the R-class, because it looks, drives and has the interior arrangement / seating position of a minivan.

      The raised stationwagon architecture provides better handling than a traditional tall square SUV and has enough space for a a lot of people to comfortably co-exist for an extended period of time, all without looking like your wife makes the vehicle buying decisions in the house...
      • 5 Years Ago
      An SUV really, that is the heritage of this epic mark. While I do not hate this vehicle, i do protest it as a lagonda. Although MB brought back the Maybach and doesn't want to compete with their sole product.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Screw this concept!

      I'd rather have the Mercedes!
      I never thought I'd ever like a Mercedes more than an Aston Martin
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh noes, the SUV version of the Chrysler concept!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda looks like the LRX concept from a couple of years back, doesn't it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except this one clashed with some sort of rare species of Alligator.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's growing on me, actually. Doing an SUV without a D-pillar IS tricky. Its an X6 competitor in the sense it not a conventional 4-pillar SUV. IMO this looks better than the blacked out D-pillar of the old SRX and new Equinox. It looks odd on the concept, but if they make a production version I think it will look very good. It looks aggressive like the Cayenne, but without be ugly.
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