The Aston Martin stand at the Geneva Motor Show this year is something you might describe as ‘varied’. Along with current offerings like the Vantage and DB11, Gaydon brought along a prototype Valkyrie and a brace of mid-engined concepts in the form of the AM-RB 003 and the Vanquish Vision. Oh, and this: the Lagonda All-Terrain.
Looking other-worldly even next to million quid hypercars, the All-Terrain is particularly eye-catching from a side view when its doors are opened up. Like the Lagonda Vision Concept revealed at Geneva last year, the rear doors are hinged at the rear, and the strength of the car’s floor means there’s no need for a B-pillar.
Interestingly, the interior itself isn’t clad in the usual mix of wood and leather, and many interior elements like speaker and air vents are neatly hidden away. “We tried to design the interior to feel very calm and quiet with soft, natural materials like Cashmere,” explains Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, adding, “Lagonda reflects a future that is full of unique materials that are not set in the past.”
Aston Martin hasn’t revealed anything in the way of technical details, only that propulsion comes from a “battery electric drivetrain,” with the All-Terrain taking advantage of the “latest advances in both electrification and autonomous driving technologies.”
It’s that ‘latest’ bit which is key. The All-Terrain will be the reborn Lagonda brand’s first production vehicle, with the concept described as being around 80 per cent showroom-ready. But it won’t be built at Aston Martin’s new St Athan facility until 2022, by which time EV technology stands to have moved on considerably. Rumour has it Lagonda will use solid-state batteries in its products.