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April 9, 2018

Aston Martin Won't Offer Diesel, Hybrid for Upcoming SUV

Automotive News reports that Aston Martin’s upcoming SUV will be eschewing the current trend among luxury carmakers: an electrified drivetrain.

Despite being previewed as an electric concept car, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told the news website that their upcoming SUV (rumored to be called Varekai) will only be offered with a conventional gasoline engine. It won’t be coming in diesel nor in plug-in hybrid versions.

Palmer was quoted as saying that “diesel’s life is limited” and that “ultimately it’s dead” as a hit on their British rival, Bentley which revealed their first-ever diesel and gasoline plug-in hybrid in the form of the Bentayga SUV.

The upcoming Aston Martin SUV will likely be powered by the brand’s in-house twin turbo V12 engine or a turbocharged V8 engine supplied by Mercedes-AMG. It will share the same platform as the DB11 model.

Palmer says he hopes to attract more female buyers with their first-ever SUV.

Source: Automotive News

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