Please Tell Us Your City

Knowing your city will help us provide relevant content to you.

Sorry! No matching results found. Try again.Error Identifying Your Location.

We won't support this browser soon. For a better experience, we recommend using another browser. Learn More

Ad

Aston Martin might adopt next-gen Mercedes-Benz platforms

March 24, 2014, 04:57 PM IST by Ranjan R. Bhat
Aston Martin might adopt next-gen Mercedes-Benz platforms

Aston Martin had last year forged an alliance with Mercedes-Benz which gave it access to the German manufacturer’s engines, gearboxes and electronic architecture in exchange for a five per cent stake. Now, according to a report by AutomobileMag, it seems that Mercedes-Benz might take the association further by offering the platforms of its next-generation GL and SL to the British manufacturer for its future cars.

 

With the likes of Bentley, Lamborghini, Jaguar and Maserati all getting their own premium SUVs, Aston Martin is also planning to get a bite of the lucrative segment with a new entry. Back at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin had showcased the Lagonda Concept, an SUV based on the Mercedes-Benz GL platform. The GL is set for a facelift later this year and will be replaced by an all-new one in 2018. Codenamed X167, the car will be based on the modular high architecture (MHA) which might be shared with Aston Martin. The SL on the other hand, is here to stay for a while and will be replaced only by 2020. Both the next-gen SL and SLK are going to be based on the modular sports car architecture (MSA), though unlike the MHA, this platform is still in its nascent stages. 

 

Both these platforms are being designed with focus on flexibilities allowing alterations in length, width, height, wheelbase and bodystyle of the vehicle. Mercedes-Benz is doing quite well, though the same cannot be said about Aston Martin. The British manufacturer has changed owners quite often in the last few years and the future of the company is still uncertain. Currently owned by a conglomerate of investors, Aston Martin has a comparatively low funding to replace its ageing lineup of cars. Money is a big issue and the company cannot afford to refresh its lineup and add a new SUV within its GBP 500 million (Rs 5,012.80 crore) four-year investment budget. In such a condition, it could be beneficial for the company to take Mercedes-Benz’s assistance for R&D, in exchange for another chuck of stocks. Mercedes-Benz acquiring Aston Martin is also a possibility, which could turn out to be profitable for both the manufacturers. 

 Source: AutomobileMag
  • Gl
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercedes-Benz SL
  • SL
  • Mercedes-Benz GL
  • SLK-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • FaceBook Logo
  • Twitter Logo
  • Email Logo
Show CommentsHide Comments
bell icon
Never miss an update
Receive latest updates from CarWale
Ad
  • Upcoming Cars

Hyundai AuraHyundai Aura

21st Jan 2020

6L - ₹ 9L
Tata AltrozTata Altroz

22nd Jan 2020

6L - ₹ 8L
Mercedes-Benz GLE NewMercedes-Benz GLE New

28th Jan 2020

65L - ₹ 80L
Land Rover New Range Rover EvoqueLand Rover New Range Rover Evoque

30th Jan 2020

53L - ₹ 70L
Lexus LC 500hLexus LC 500h

31st Jan 2020

1.60Cr - ₹ 2Cr
All Upcoming Cars
Buying a new Car?Leave a missed call1800 2090 230(Toll free)
Ad
Presenting

TATA ALTROZ

Launching in

  • 00DAYS
  • 00HRS
  • 00MINS
  • 00SEC
Know More

Select your city to avail offers

Currently available only in