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Tony O'Kane | May, 18 2015 | 0 Comments

Aston Martin's upcoming DBX luxury crossover will use a jacked-up version of the marque's all-new aluminium architecture, rather than a steel floorpan borrowed from corporate cousin Mercedes-Benz.

Since reports of an Aston crossover first surfaced in 2013, rumours have been circulating that Aston Martin would opt to build the production version of the DBX on a modified version of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class platform.

But that rumour has been laid to rest by Aston CEO Andy Palmer, who, while speaking to the media in Europe this week, confirmed Aston's crossover would instead use the same extruded-alloy underpinnings as its next generation of sports coupes.

He also emphatically denied that the DBX would be an SUV, saying the term was at odds with what the DBX represented.

"[Mercedes SUVs] clearly sit in a very different space to the one we want to go to. They are very much an SUV and we don't want an SUV," Palmer said to Automotive News.

Palmer did concede, however, that some Mercedes-Benz components would be used in the DBX.

Mercedes-Benz currently holds a five percent stake in Aston Martin, and an ongoing technology-sharing agreement exists between the two companies that covers everything from engines to electronic architecture.

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