The agonizingly slow courtship among Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz has been a typical topic of conversation ever since the 2009 Lagonda Idea debuted, riding on a Mercedes GL chassis. Beyond that one particular polarizing notion, although, almost each and every other attempt to pair the 2 brand names up in a key way has fallen via. Only the technical partnership in between Mercedes and Aston for particular components from AMG, which was negotiated back in July, has held up so far.
That may possibly finally be set to alter, according to an superb profile of the 2 brands’; connection from Automobile, which claims that 2 platforms will unite the Germans and Brits. The very first tie up is, not surprisingly, a sports automobile.
As Aston Martin’;s VH platform – which underpins each vehicle that comes out of Gaydon – continues to age, the pressure will properly and truly be on Aston to uncover a subsequent-gen replacement to underpin the successors to the Vantage, Vanquish, DB9 and Rapide. Automobile claims Mercedes has just such an architecture, in the kind its new modular sports activities auto platform. This new platform is slated for the subsequent-generation SLK and SL and is nevertheless in its design infancy.
Car claims that this fact, along with MSA’;s versatility – MSA can take care of just about any physique fashion – makes it a logical substitute for VH. The reality that it is getting made with plug-in and autonomous technology in thoughts is a large bonus as well.
As for the other platform, well, it is an SUV. It is not, nevertheless, a production edition of the Lagonda Idea. As an alternative, Automobile claims this will be a suitable, huge, high-riding SUV in the very same vein as a Variety Rover. Regardless of previous reports, the Aston SUV would probably end up riding on the subsequent-generation GL platform, which is codenamed X167, though it truly is still far from a completed deal.
“Dieter [Zetsche] is quite chuffed about the Aston factor and he is ready to let them in on X167,” an anonymous Mercedes board member informed the mag. “Income, nevertheless, is a huge problem. Aston’;s 500 million pound ($ 833.5 million) 4-yr investment plan is just not ample when you want to renew your whole model range and think about including an SUV.”
In accordance to the board member, to make sharing X167 palatable to Mercedes, Aston will need to have to hand above another batch of stock, increasing the 5-% share already owned by MB.
The whole profile of Aston’;s potential with Mercedes is offered in excess of on Automobile. It really is really worth a read through. What are your ideas, although? Need to Aston be handing in excess of stock to acquire entry to added platforms? Is a auto that rides on the bones of an SLK actually a proper Aston? Have your say in Comments.