Following the release of several premature spy shots, Aston Martin (in partnership with Oman Airlines) has released the first official images of its upcoming Lagonda ultra luxury sedan which is supposedly the last iteration of the familiar VH platform before it is replaced in the near future.
Reviving a nameplate that the company last used on the 1974-1990 iteration of the Lagonda sedan, this modernistic reboot of the Lagonda pays tribute to its ancestor by featuring a boxy silhouette as well as a slightly wedge shaped front fascia though it is not as radically wedged as the original. The fore-mentioned front end features thin yet elegant head lights, while a larger radiator grille helps give the Lagonda a mean yet purposeful face. The rear fascia in comparison is a bit bland, but a piece of chrome trim helps connect the corner mounted tail lamps and also emphasizes the overall width of the car. The Lagonda also borrows cues from the company’s Zagato Centennial concepts which amp up its overall profile even further especially when compared with the cookie cutter look that has defined many of Astons recent models.
To help save weight, the Lagonda will use a trick from the company’s flagship Vanquish model and be crafted largely out of carbon fiber though expect safety elements (such as the bumpers) to be forged out of more conventional materials. As a neat bonus, the super sedan boasts model exclusive Lagonda badging versus typical Aston Martin logos. It’s a subtle but nicely done tribute to the original Lagonda company that first started out in Middlesex England in 1906 before being purchased by Aston in 1947 after years of financial delcine.
Aston Martin did not release detailed images of the interior with this official release, but one lone image does reveal that the Lagonda will feature diamond quilted leather seats, and that it will have room for four occupants, though it is unknown if the rear seats will be an improvement over the cramped accommodations found in the company’s current sedan offering the 2014 Rapide S.
Performance hardware has also been kept under wraps, but we at Autoinfoquest suspect that it will most likely use a stretched and modified version of the already capable Rapide S platform given that particular model’s four seat configuration. Expect the Rapide’s elegant but powerful 5.9 liter V12 to also be shoehorned into the Lagonda with engineers possibly increasing horsepower figures to separate the limited production Lagonda from its slightly more mainstream stablemates. We also think that the company’s new eight speed automatic will also make an appearance here to help the Lagonda deliver a balanced blend of world class performance and fuel efficiency to its elite clientele.
Buyers interested in purchasing a Lagonda of their very own will have to check their mailboxes before they arrive to pick up their purchase. Aston Martin is only allowing those that have received a special invitation to buy one, and the Lagonda will also be exclusive to the Middle East market though that could change if demand from its customers in Europe and other markets is strong enough to warrant an extended production run. For those that were not fortunate enough to receive an invitation (this author included) look for the Lagonda to possibly make its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.