According to CarBuzz, Aston Martin has trademarked the nameplate DB12 in the United States.

The DB12, an updated version of the DB11 on the market since 2017, is slated for a 2019 debut.

Our guess was that the DB12 would stick with its familiar twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, but a new 48-volt hybrid option has been floated.

According to a new trademark filing, first reported by CarBuzz, Aston Martin plans to introduce a new moniker to its stale sports car portfolio. The British carmaker has trademarked the moniker DB12, suggesting that it will be used for a revised version of the DB11 that will launch later this year.


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Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll announced last year that the company’s sports vehicles (the Vantage, the DB11, and the DBS) would all be redesigned for the year 2023. Stroll said the updates would be so substantial that it would be like getting “all-new cars,” and the new trademark seems to back up his claim. Aston Martin hasn’t released an even-numbered sports vehicle since the DB6 was discontinued in 1970, thus this would be a first.

The update will likely also include a more up-to-date infotainment system that does away with the touchpad layout and is otherwise more distinguishable from the Mercedes-Benz system on which it is based. While the Mercedes-sourced twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 will certainly return in the DB12, a 48-volt hybrid system similar to that of the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 is a distinct possibility. The future of the V-12 in the DB12 is uncertain. Hopefully, we’ll learn more by the end of the year.

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Caleb Miller started his first automotive blog when he was 13 years old, and after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he finally got to work for the vehicle magazine of his dreams, Car and Driver. He is a huge admirer of motorsports and dreams of owning a Nissan S-Cargo or any similarly out-there vehicle.