The Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept brings back the concept of a land boat with an electric SUV inspired by a modern superyacht.
We knew we were in for something a little special when Lagonda, Aston Martin’s upcoming all-electric luxury brand, introduced us to a few teaser shots of the All-Terrain Concept. Promising to be an ultra-luxury electric SUV that could tackle any terrain, we weren’t quite prepared for just how… nautical it would be.
According to Aston’s press release, the design of the SUV was inspired by modern superyachts, hence the bulging and strangely sloped rear end. Compare that with the rear view of something like a cruise ship and you’ve got the right idea.
The rest of the car is said to be “incredibly futuristic, with forms and shapes that look like they have been created by the huge, planetary forces of gravity fields." Right.
We don’t know much about the powertrain other than the fact the battery is in the floor and that it uses electric motors. Where they are, how hard they work, or whether or not they do some fancy torque vectoring was all overlooked in favor of gushing over how luxurious this concept is.
Starting with that fancy rear end, the clam-shell hatch opens up to a trunk that is illuminated by reflected LEDs so that the person rummaging in your luggage can’t tell where the light is coming from. There’s also a shelf for someone to sit on in case they want to take part in a tailgate party.
The All-Terrain Concept features level 4 autonomy and can drive itself whenever the driver feels like swiveling their car inward to talk to their passengers, although Aston insists that a Lagonda driver would never do that (wink).
Perhaps most luxurious of all is the fact that this car still uses a key to get started. But instead of that key sleeping in a pocket or cupholder during operation, it hovers in between the two front seats thanks to a series of powerful electromagnets.
So don’t bring your laptop on board this thing unless you want it to turn into a paperweight.
Production of the Lagonda All-Terrain will begin in 2020 at Aston’s St Athan facility in Wales. Pricing was not announced, but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.