The first Aston Martin crossover could be based on the Mercedes GLC-Class (GLK-Class successor), suggests a new report from Autocar. Aston Martin and Daimler formed a technical partnership in 2013, which allows the former to source electronics and V8 engines developed and made by the latter.
Both companies could take their relationship to the next level with sharing the Modular Rear-wheel Drive Architecture (MRA). The upcoming GLC-Class will sit on the MRA platform which debuted on the C-Class last year. Earlier reports have also indicated that the British luxury automaker is considering using the MRA platform, indirectly hinting the possibility of a GLC-Class-based crossover.
Following footsteps of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, GL-Class and the GLE-Coupe, the GLC-Class could also be built at the German automaker’s Tuscaloosa plant in the State of Alabama, USA. If the GLC-Class is built here, the Aston Martin crossover based on it could also be American made. This strategy can prove to be very cost-effective for both the companies.