2020 Aston Martin Varekai
The well-established British automaker simply couldn’t afford not to offer a crossover at the end of the 21st century’s second decade, hence they decided to finally do something about it. After presenting the coupe-crossover DBX concept back in 2015, they’ve recently opened a new assembly plant in the U.K. These two events are considered cornerstones leading to the ultimate production of the company’s first-ever crossover/SUV. The newest addition to their lineup will apparently be called Varekai, although that’s yet to be confirmed. Unlike the DBX concept, the production-ready Varekai will sport a more traditional crossover styling, albeit with Aston Martin’s hallmark cues. Expect it to be pitted against the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, and Maserati Levante with prices reflecting that idea.
The Varekai’s powertrain lineup still hasn’t been disclosed, but a few ideas have already been debated regardless. For starters, the Varekai will never be offered with a diesel engine – not even in Europe, whereas a plug-in hybrid and all-electric technologies have been reserved for the upcoming Lagonda sedan due to arrive in 2021. This leaves the 2020 Aston Martin Varekai with only a petrol engine as a possibility – at least initially. The in-house 5.0L twin-turbo V12 and Mercedes-Benz’s 4.0L twin-turbo V8 both look like plausible choices, but the German 3.0L twin-turbo straight-six found across the mid-range AMG 53 models is arguably the most likely of candidates to breathe life into Aston’s first crossover. This doesn’t mean the others won’t be available as well, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens when the best 2020 luxury vehicles make their debut.