Reports suggest the hybrid version of the upcoming Aston SUV could pack a punch.
According to reports, the hybrid powertrain in the upcoming Aston Martin SUV could pack as much as 700bhp.
The car, which is set to wear the Varekai badge, was initially intended to be Aston's first all-electric car, but witht he revived Lagonda brand now looking to go down the electric route, those plans have been shelved.
Instead the car, which will differ dramatically from the DBX concept (pictured), will come with a range of petrol and hybrid options, the latter of which is being rumoured to deliver around 700bhp.
'We have the capability to do [an EV], but the plan right now is petrol and hybridisation,' Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told US magazine Car & Driver.
'We see a path that enables us to conform with CAFE regulations with its hybridisation,' he added, referring to the strict US regulations.
According to the American publication, the hybrid drivetrain could make use of AMG's twin-turbo 4-litre V8, which produces around 500bhp, while an electric motor could add a further 200bhp.
As well as the resurrected Lagonda marque and the hybrid SUV, Aston MArtin's electrification plans include an all-electric Rapide, called the RapidE. The car will be based on the high-performance AMR variant of Aston Martin's super saloon, but the 6-litre V12 engine will be ditched in favour of an all-electric powertrain developed and installed by the Williams F1 team's applied engineering division, Williams Advanced Engineering.
Meanwhile, the company has confirmed the first new Lagonda will be an SUV that will arrive in 2021.
Few details have been revealed about the car so far, but it will feature styling that’s an ‘evolution’ of the Vision Concept that was shown at the Geneva motor show back in March.