Aston Martin has announced they are planning an expanded portfolio which will include hybrids and electric vehicles.

Aston Martin has announced they are planning an expanded portfolio which will include hybrids and electric vehicles.

In an interview with Autocar, Aston Martin's CEO Andy Palmer said taking the hybrid/electric route will occur sooner or later as downsizing must have a limit. He went on to specify he would rather install a hybrid setup than put a four-cylinder engine in one of the company's future models which will have to meet stricter regulations regarding CO2 emissions.

Palmer imagined a 1,000 bhp fully-electric Rapide with an all-wheel drive system that would be compatible with Aston Martin's "power, beauty, soul" motto. However, that won't happen right away as initially AM will resort to turbocharging to cut fuel consumption and the first of the bunch will be the DB9 replacement likely to be sold as a DB11.

Aston Martin plots an expanded lineup which will include the DBX crossover as the company says selling only 7,000 cars per year is not a viable business anymore and they must increase deliveries by adding new models.