While it has yet to be confirmed for production, the general consensus is that Aston Martin will create a luxurious SUV in the coming years. Now it has emerged that such an Aston Martin product could likely share its platform with the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GL.
The GL is currently pinned in to receive a facelift next year before a replacement is created in 2018. If the Aston Martin SUV were to utilise the same platform, it would definitely help out the British automaker from having to create its very own architecture specifically for an SUV. Following the relatively recent tie-up between Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz AMG and the agreement to share engines and electronics, it is possible that an Aston SUV could also ditch the firm’s trademarked range-topping V12 engine in favour of a smaller AMG V8.
After all, Mercedes-Benz could quite easily adapt one of its twin-turbo V8 engines to deliver around 600 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque to suit the character of an Aston SUV and it will be as simple as dropping it into the GL platform.
Moving away from the Aston Martin SUV, it is also a possibility that the firm could utilise the upcoming Mercedes MSA (modular sports car architecture) set to be utilised in the next SLK and SL models due out in 2019 and 2020 respectively.