The next DB9 will ride on a new VH platform and utilize AMG-sourced engines.
The first fruit of Aston Martin's extensive, brand-wide revitalization efforts will arrive in the second half of 2016, when a redesigned DB9 sporting the company's new styling language and latest technologies will debut.
Like all future Aston Martin models, the new DB9 will utilize a next-generation version of the marque's modular VH architecture, according to an Autocar report. The platform, which is said to have originally been created by Lotus Engineering during Ford's ownership of Aston, is being engineered to allow for a greater range of bodystyles and styling cues than before.
The latter will be key in Aston's new design direction, which will vary more between models in a response to criticism of the handsome but homogenous look of the current lineup.
The new VH is also being engineered to accommodate engines sourced from Aston's tie-up with Mercedes-Benz's AMG high-performance division. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 set to debut in the upcoming AMG GT will find its way under the hoods of Aston models, as could a naturally-aspirated version of AMG's 6.0-liter V12. Gasoline-hybrid powertrains have also been rumored as a response to tightening global emissions and economy regulations, although they likely wouldn't appear until further down the line.
Mercedes electrical architecture will be integrated into the VH platform as well, which will allow Aston to finally offer the kind of advanced infotainment and safety technologies that rivals have boasted for years.
After the launch of the new DB9 in 2016, next-generation versions of the V8/V12 Vantage and Vanquish are expected in 2017 and 2018, respectively; a replacement for the Rapide is not yet a sure thing. Should its new sports car models meet with a warm reception and push the company back into the black, Aston's long-rumored SUV could become a reality in 2021.