Luxury, zero-emission SUV will preview Lagonda’s next production model
Since the Lagonda brand’s revival in 2011 we’ve seen only a hint of what the British luxury firm is capable of, first with the V12-engined Taraf sedan, and then last year’s Vision Concept revealed at the Geneva motor show.
At this year’s show we’ll see another, much clearer indication of Lagonda’s intentions, with the All-Terrain Concept – a car that will eventually go into production.
It is, as you might have guessed from the name, a variation on the SUV theme – not that Lagonda uses such a term anywhere in its press release – and while a solitary teaser image shows that the All-Terrain takes several design cues from last year’s Vision Concept, it clearly cuts a taller and more imposing form than the low-slung, one-box Vision.
It’s likely to be similar under the skin however, with the All-Terrain Concept sitting on a zero-emission platform much like that of the Vision. We learned last year that Lagonda’s first two all-electric production vehicles will share a platform with the Aston Martin DBX (itself an SUV), with an electric motor per wheel allowing for full torque-vectoring, and no doubt some impressive on-paper performance figures.
Solid-state batteries are also mooted, an alternative to existing lithium cells with the promise of greater battery density – and therefore more range from a battery pack of equivalent size. The large platforms should also enable Lagonda to fit sizeable packs, to give the cars competitive range and recharging figures.
Lagonda promises the concept’s design will illustrate the freedom afforded by the EV drivetrain (the absence of a conventional engine, gearbox, exhaust system, fuel tank and the like reduce the need for a traditional two- or three-box shape), but the demands of the SUV market appear to have resulted in a car that sits higher than last year’s Vision, with a more traditional bonnet and cabin.
Details are otherwise slim, but Aston Martin has confirmed that several other vehicles will join the All-Terrain Concept on its stand. Aston’s Q branch has reworked examples of both the Vantage and DBS Superleggera, the former mixing Cosmos Orange paintwork with carbonfibre elements and the latter in a more gothic theme, which is an intriguing prospect. A DB11 AMR will also be present.