RE: Lagonda Vision Concept: Geneva 2018

RE: Lagonda Vision Concept: Geneva 2018

Tuesday 6th March

Lagonda Vision Concept: Geneva 2018

Aston Martin has finally relaunched Lagonda. The Vision? Radical, autonomous, luxury and electric



If you thought Aston Martin was being bold with latest Vantage and talk of a mid-engined model, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Gaydon has saved arguably its most ambitious forward step for Geneva: the relaunching of Lagonda, the 114-year-old brand which it refers to as "a sleeping giant".

The carriage for this venerable marque? The Lagonda Vision Concept; a sweeping, daring and not precisely pretty show car which points to its standalone electric future. The aim? To compete with Rolls-Royce and Bentley in the luxury four-door, four-seat market - but in a forward-thinking way that has nothing to do with internal combustion or even an old-world notion of grandeur.


Bold? Certainly, and plainly Marek Reichman, Aston long-standing design boss, has been given carte blanche to 'go long' with the Vision Concept - a car which is expected to heavily influence a forthcoming saloon. That will be the first Lagonda-badged model, followed by the inevitable SUV-shaped alternative to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga.

It's obviously early days, but expect the architecture underpinning both models to be all-new - though likely based on the same bonded and riveted aluminium technology that Aston has made its own. For the powertrain and batteries, Aston will partner with an as yet unnamed Silicon Valley-based firm. (Place your bets on that one.) Expect the Lagonda to be powered in familiar style though - i.e. two electric motors driving all four wheels - with a range of 400 miles among the objectives.

An additional target is a full wireless recharge time of 15 minutes - an ambition which will almost certainly require solid-state batteries. Gaydon is also adamant that a production Lagonda would be built with the highest available level of autonomous driving baked in - meaning it will be a luxury car to sit in rather than drive.


As a result, the opportunities explored with the Vision Concept's design are intriguing. Reichman has virtually done away with a bonnet and is obviously unconcerned with fostering any link to Aston Martin's current styling conventions. Aerodynamic efficiency is the key criteria here, along with the kind of sculpted surfaces that are intended to distance Lagonda from its 'horse and cart' rivals.

The real sea change, though, is said to have occurred in the cabin, which was reputedly designed first (before having a body wrapped round it). The Lagonda's five-and-a-half metre length ought to mean exemplary legroom anyway but, with the wheelbase maximised by the EV-only configuration, Aston claims more legroom than you'd enjoy in an extended wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantom.


Of course, you also get some classic show-concept conceits like front seats which swivel to face those in the back and rear doors which hinge from the roof. But with Reichman boldly claiming that 70-80 per cent of the car is destined for production and existing (presumably very good) Aston customers are already involved in the process, the Vision Concept is clearly meant to be about much more than merely Gaydon dipping its toe in unfamiliar waters.

When the razzmatazz of Geneva fades there will be many other questions to answer - some of them difficult and vexing, many of them about numbers and positioning and viability - but for now Aston is content for Lagonda to be back on the map. And with it pointing in the most audacious direction.

 

 

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loudlashadjuster

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3,088 posts

120 months

Tuesday 6th March
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What of the Taraf then? Surely that was the relaunch of the brand a few years ago.

loose cannon

5,218 posts

177 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Looks like a Lamborghini aventador has morphed with a Honda Civic with the interior from a talbot solara

Oz83

352 posts

75 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Interior shots borrowed from USS Enterprise Star Date 2375.28

Fetchez la vache

5,095 posts

150 months

Tuesday 6th March
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loose cannon said:
... interior from a talbot solara
Christ it's not that bad is it??

captain_cynic

3,665 posts

31 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Oz83 said:
Interior shots borrowed from USS Enterprise Star Date 2375.28
Captains Log, we've finished coating the interior with vulgar coloured velour and light up glossy panels.

It does really seem like a 80's version of what the future might look like.
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Macboy

355 posts

141 months

Tuesday 6th March
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captain_cynic said:
It does really seem like a 80's version of what the future might look like.
This - exactly. I'm sure Citroen or Renault or Guigiaro must have done this exact car in the mid-80's in brown with orange detailing and an interior by Fiorucci.

Dynamic Space Wizard

312 posts

40 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Why didn't they just bring William Towns back to life and let him design it?

unpc

2,043 posts

149 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Looks like the pink panther car except it's in a different colour. Obs...


Cold

5,672 posts

26 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I had to look again, because at first glance I thought that was a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Perhaps I just wanted it to be?


Roy m

51 posts

149 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Sorry but if that's the future I need a new interest!

MrScrot

61 posts

98 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Looks like the taxi from the end of Blade Runner 2049

ManOpener

4,031 posts

105 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I'd never really though about what a 2010s reimagining of a 1980s imagining of cars circa 2010 would look like.
Turns out I don't really like it.

Plug Life

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27 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Oz83 said:
Interior shots borrowed from USS Enterprise Star Date 2375.28
More like Space: 1999

M1C

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47 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I find this rather stunning!

It looks modern and retro at the same time....clever cues to the old 80's/90's model.

Me likey.

alpha channel

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98 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Plug Life said:
More like Space: 1999
I was thinking something close to UFO, exterior, with a touch of Demolition Man for the interior (dash, around what would ostensibly be the steering wheel).

RichB

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220 months

Tuesday 6th March
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M1C said:
I find this rather stunning!

It looks modern and retro at the same time....clever cues to the old 80's/90's model.

Me likey.
I agree, futuristic yet picking up on details of the mark from previous models, even down to using the Lagonda crossed diamond emblem on the door panels. Looks stunning from the outside and Andy Palmer has said the interior features British fabrics like wool, silk and tweed. I am sure you will be able to spec one with Bridge of Weir leather laugh

smilo996

1,449 posts

106 months

Tuesday 6th March
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That is pretty impressive.
I wonder if they will base it on Williams’ really impressive ev platform, given their previous tie up.
Looks amazing. Aston are on fire.

Bencolem

442 posts

175 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I’m impressed with the exterior styling - I can definitely see shades of the 70’s/80’s Lagonda saloon, particularly the rear end, merged with the modern interpretation of the AM front grille. Mad at Tesla that everyone thinks the future is now autonomous electric vehicles though.

The Vambo

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77 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I wouldn't say it looks like it but it really reminds me of a Renault Vel Satis, and that wasn't a pretty car.

rjfp1962

15 posts

9 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Used to use lots of Autoglym polishing these at Newport Pagnell in the 1990's!

What were they on when they brought this out!!