The Aston Martin Verekai has become the odd-on favourite as the production moniker for the new Aston Martin SUV after AML applied to trademark ‘Verekai’.
Unlike many other concept names, the idea that DBX would end up as the badge on the back of AML’s forthcoming SUV competition for cars like the Bentley Bentayga didn’t seem too unlikely. After all, the ‘DB’ bit has been used on Aston Martins ever since the days of David Brown, and ‘X’ is a recognised as denoting off-road or 4WD.
But it’s become apparent that AML has been busy filing a new trademark application for another ‘V’ name, like Vantage, Virage and Valkyrie, so the rumour mill today has decided the new Aston SUV will actually be the Aston Martin Verekai.
It’s a name Google Translate will tell you means ‘Bloody’ in Estonian, although we’re sure AML thinks otherwise. But it’s entirely possible the trademark application if for another purpose altogether, and has other meanings in some long-lost dialect
But whatever the new Aston SUV is called – DBX, Verekai or Dave (well, maybe not Dave) – it’s likely to turn up in production guise before the end of 2018, probably with V8 and V12 options as well as a hybrid and EV, to take the fight to cars like the Bentayga, Cullinan, Range Rover and Urus.
Before then, we should know exactly what the AML SUV will be called.