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The Aston Martin Lagonda has been given a surprise early reveal during its hot weather testing programme – by luxury airline Oman Air.

The national carrier has announced it helped fly the Lagonda into the Middle East for hot weather testing – taking the opportunity to reveal the super-luxury four-door saloon’s final shape as it was unloaded from one of its jets.

The metallic black Lagonda, wearing UK number plates but in left-hand drive guise, is certainly striking. Long, low and with clean, expansive panels, it’s unlike any of Aston Martin’s other current cars. Its silhouette, particularly the straight-edged C-pillar and low rear deck, bears a resemblance to the original Aston Martin Lagonda saloon of the 1970s.

At the front, a huge strip of brightwork stretches from beneath the headlights to drop don and form the horizontally-slatted grille: it’s a very bold look indeed and, with the Aston’s vast bonnet and heavily flared wheelarches clothing a wide track, gives it plenty of presence.

In contrast, the rear is simpler, with dark-finish tail lamps and just a single chrome finisher strip on the bootlid.

No shots of the car’s interior have yet been released, but four richly finished seats can be seen in one of the shots, covered in ample diamond-stitch trim. Now the car has been revealed in this unconventional way, however, expect more shots of the new Aston Martin Lagonda to follow.

The reveal in Oman is fitting, because Aston Martin will sell the V12 Lagonda on an invite-only basis, mainly to Middle Eastern customers. Expected price tag? £1 million.