A few weeks ago, we brought you news from the launch of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante that the British brand, which is formally known as Aston Martin Lagonda, was still planning on going ahead with a Lagonda-badged crossover. Now comes word that that vehicle could very well be based on a Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

When the first Lagonda Concept debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, it sat on a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class platform, some four years before Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG deal was inked. And with that partnership, which will see Aston Martin gain access to AMG electrics and "bespoke, V8 powertrains," the opportunities for platform sharing are many.

Dr. Ulrich Bez, the boss of Aston Martin, told the UK's AutoCar, "I look at what Porsche is doing with the 911 as its core business and then it is able to do models like the Cayenne based on the Volkswagen Touareg. It is good business." We've said many times that we'll tolerate exotic CUVs and SUVs if it means keeping the beloved core models alive, which has been the case with Porsche. We see no reason Aston Martin wouldn't be able to do the same.

The Lagonda, which is getting a full rework following a critically poor reception when it debuted in Geneva, will likely arrive in 2017, meaning that there are a lot of details to work out, not least of which is where it will be built. The only two factories that build the M-Class currently are in Tuscaloosa, AL and Pune, Maharashtra, India.


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      carcrazed4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      So Aston, Mercedes, Dodge, Jeep, Maserati and possibly Alfa Romeo are all Eskimo Brothers with the M-Class and GL (based of the M-Class) sharing their platforms...
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carcrazed4life
        Way of the future. With platforms costing billions expect to see even more of it....
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes might as well just buy aston......they both use V12's and can share R&D on developing lighter more compact and forced inducted powerplants......also share platform engineering to help mercedes lighten up there cars with corbonfiber tech from aston..... there would me a good combo......plus audi has lambo
        duq1212
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        I'd be ok with a Mercedes-Astonish Martin merger if Mercedes didn't have a bad track record withthe other companies they controlled.
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        You'd see Aston die a pretty gory and horrible death if those clowns end up with them.
          sjmoo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          I hate to break it to you, but Aston is already in the process of dying a horrible death. At least an acquisition would give them a shot at viability.
      GTIgunner
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aston *Mar >T< in..........Come on guys............typo in the headline?
      Michaele
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one butt ugly car.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's cool that Cheech Marin has his own luxury car brand now.
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is there some unwritten law in the world of automotive design that says the more expensive the SUV, the uglier it must be (that means you too Bentley)?
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The styling of a shoe box, fire the designers all!
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did anybody actually ask for this thing? I'm really curious about what goes on when these strange looking cars get approved. I swear Aston lets their employees drink on the job.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't over-do the material costs, don't price it over $85,000, and most of all drop that awful "Lagonda" name. ...also, stop telling the world its based on a Mercedes.
      _M7_
      • 1 Year Ago
      still dont know if ita a chrisler 300c ... mabye a pegueot 3008.... the only thing I know its fkng ugly XD
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aston if you need an SUV please make it not look like this..,
      beauty
      • 10 Months Ago
      smaller martin?It's too cute,but i don't like small car.A NEW martin!
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