Preview 2020 Aston Martin Varekai
By Henny Hemmes
Senior European Editor
The Hague, August 7, 2018. When Aston Martin presented the DBX Concept at the 2015 Geneva auto show, it was quite clear that the British sports car manufacturer intended to develop a more practical vehicle than their existing models. CEO Andy Palmer said that the concept “challenges the existing status quo in the high luxury GT segment. It envisages a world, perhaps a world not too far away, when luxury GT travel is not only stylish and luxurious but also more practical, more family-friendly and more environmentally responsible.”
Dr Palmer added: “This is, clearly, not a production-ready sports GT car, but it is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about what Aston Martin GT customers around the world could request of us in the future.
“The DBX Concept is more than a thought starter for us and for our customers, though. We will, in due course, be entering a car into the new DBX space and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this concept is received not only here today, but also by our legion of existing loyal customers and by those potential customers around the world who have, to this point, yet to consider one of our cars.”
The DBX Concept features all-wheel drive, seats four adults and has a spacious luggage compartment. In short, requirements for an SUV. “To survive,” Palmer previously said, “ Aston Martin must have an SUV.”
The crossover will also reportedly be available with the 505 hp/498 lb-ft strong Mercedes AMG 4.0-liter V-8, which, according to Palmer, is “the greatest V-8 in the world today."
Recently, since the British magazine Autocar discovered a trademark being filed by Aston Martin for the name Varekai, the upcoming new model is the subject of discussion.
Varekai is a realistic name for the SUV, as it means ‘wherever’ in the gipsy’s Romany language, and is in line with the brand’s naming, beginning with the letter V.
What we can make up so far, is that the 2020 Varekai will make its world debut in 2019, probably at the IAA in Frankfurt in September.
The new Aston Martin will have to compete in the luxury crossover segment, meeting the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborgini Urus, Porsche Cayenne an the likes.
Please stay tuned.