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Refreshing or Revolting: Aston Martin Lagonda

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/24/2014 Karla Sanchez

The Aston Martin Lagonda is making a comeback after leaving the market in 1990, and it's going to be even more exclusive than it was before. The luxury four-door sedan is going to be a built-to-order special available only for customers in the Middle East, and even though it comes more than two decades after the last one produced in 1990, it will evoke the same design language as its predecessor. While we won't directly compare the design of the two since there's such a huge age gap, we will take a closer look at the new Lagonda to determine if it's an appropriate successor to the Lagondas built between 1979 and 1990.

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Up front, the new Lagonda is hard-nosed like its predecessor, but with a more modern take and softer lines. Like the old Lagonda, the new one has a very strong front appearance, thanks to its long hood, narrow headlights, and upright front grille. While that grille was wide and thin on the old Lagonda, the new sedan is brought up to date with the familiar Aston Martin grille that gapes down to the lower front fascia. From the side, the new Lagonda looks more svelte compared to the old model, and that's because it's longer by about a foot. While designers wanted to keep the same wedge shape of the old Lagonda, they made it smoother by incorporating softer edges and a flatter roofline that tapers off at the very end of the tailgate. This gives the new Lagonda a fastback-like appearance, which is different from the old Lagonda that looked more like a sedan thanks to its flat trunklid.

Aston Martin Lagonda Desert Testing Oman© Provided by MotorTrend Aston Martin Lagonda Desert Testing Oman

The significant changes to the rear end don't change there. The new Lagonda doesn't appear to borrow any design cues from the old model, as the license plate surround has been moved down below the taillights instead of being in between them. Individual taillights are flanked by a large chrome accent that runs across the rear, and the Aston Martin badge has been affixed to the rear end instead of on the trunklid.

The old Lagonda boasted onboard electronics and digital instrumentation that was advanced for the day, and we don't expect the new one to come up short in that area, either. Of course, the interior of the revived Lagonda reveals the opulence one would expect, plus a bit more. Gold and wood accents dominate the interior, while leather seats with an abstract diamond-quilted pattern make it look extra unique.

After making a comeback 24 years later, do you think the new Lagonda is an appropriate successor to the original? Let us know in the comments below!

Last week, we featured a Styling Size-Up between the Lexus NX and its German competitors, and while it was clear that the NX was boldly different from the rest, commenters either hated it or loved it.

Chris McMays chose the NX over the Germans, but only in its more aggressive state. "My pick would be the NX, but only in F Sport guise."

"It makes the rest of the segment look dull and dated. It's not pretty from every angle, but it sure is more exciting than the Audi," said Nicktyelor.

abuja0002 wasn’t on the Lexus team, and went as far as saying, "It takes the ugliest car award."

JimPaterson01 7 was on the same page, saying, "The front of the Lexus NX looks really weird. Overall, the styling is overdone and too busy. "

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