Aston Martin Still in Talks With Daimler About Future SUV

Mercedes-Benz GL (X166) And Aston Martin Lagonda Concept 1 photo
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The Daimler AG and Aston Martin saga has been going on for over half a decade now, but it was only last year that Mercedes-AMG signed an agreement with the British luxury car maker and acquired a five percent stake in them in return for the upcoming M177/M178 family of AMG V8 engines.
A speculation made by us back in 2013 even said that the aluminium space frame platform underpinning the upcoming Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (C190) might be used to actually replace the rather outdated Aston Martin V/H architecture on all their future cars.

Meanwhile, talks about an Aston Martin Lagonda SUV based on the underpinning of a mass-produced Mercedes-Benz have also slightly stalled in the past five years, but they have recently resurrected, at least according to a report by Bloomberg.

A few unnamed individuals connected to both companies have spilled some beans about the matter, saying that Daimler AG and Aston Martin are currently in talks about Aston Martin borrowing the architecture which is currently used to develop the next generation of Mercedes-Benz SUVs and crossovers.

Codenamed internally MHA (Modular High Architecture), the new Mercedes-Benz platform is still about three years away, and will first be seen on the fourth generation of the M-Class (W167) and its bigger brother, the GL-Class (X167) - with otehr models to follow.

Not surprisingly, it's the GL-Class that Aston Martin is interested in, as the Aston Martin Lagonda concept from 2009 was actually using the platform of the first generation of the Mercedes-Benz SUV (X164).

If all goes to plan, the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV should finally reach production sometime after 2017, after the Mercedes-Benz originals get unveiled.
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