Aston Martin’s first crossover is set to launch in 2019, but a new report out of the United Kingdom suggests it won’t inherit the DBX moniker worn by the concept.
Instead, according to Auto Express, the Gaydon-based automaker will call its coupé-like SUV the “Aston Martin Varekai”.
The British publication reports that the brand applied to trademark the name earlier in March 2018. And, as Auto Express furthermore points out, the Varekai name slots in neatly with the automaker’s “V” nomenclature, which includes badges such as the Vantage, the Vanquish and, more recently, the Valkyrie.
Varekai means “wherever” in the Romani language, which could be a reference to the new model’s apparent off-road abilities. However, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s vice president and chief creative officer, in 2017 suggested that the SUV would be “sporty and more of a competitor to a [Porsche] Cayenne”.
The new crossover will be hand-built at the automaker’s brand new plant in Wales.