Aston Martin has filed a design patent with the Japanese patent office this week which has surfaced online. The design patent hints at a new two-door, front-engine coupe which points to the conception of the impending next generation Vantage or the next-gen Vanquish.
In the patent images, the coupe carries the iconic Aston Martin traits with a long hood and tight rear. The headlamps are very sleek and unlike anything seen on any Aston Martin till date. However, the front gaping grille shape seems to be scrounged straight from the hardcore Vulcan hyper car. Also visible is a big air vent on the front fenders which is different than the ones on any other Aston Martin.
The images of the rear show an even sleeker LED tail light strip than the current Vanquish. The dual exhausts and bumper layout are also a tad similar to the one seen on the Vanquish, but there seems to be a diffuser present now underneath it. The rear windscreens again are similar to the setup of the current generation Vanquish.
Aston Martin is planning a model offensive that includes a new car every year, seven of which will be arriving by 2023. The British marque has confirmed the launch of its first SUV, the DBX, by 2019 followed by an unnamed mid-engine supercar in 2020. Before that, the Vantage and the DB11 Volante are in the pipeline.
The current Vantage has been around for quite some time now and if rumours are to be believed, the new Vantage will be revealed later this year. It will ride on the shortened version of the DB11’s lightweight aluminium platform and have an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 under the hood.
The new design of the current crop of Aston Martins is a departure from the one put down by Henrik Fisker many years ago. However, interestingly, the posterior of the car in the patent image seems to be quite similar to the Henrik Fisker’s EMotion electric sedan.