What you’re looking at here is a prototype of the new Aston Martin Vantage, the smaller sibling to the DB11, which is set to make its debut this year at one of the upcoming major motor shows.

Styling wise, the Vantage certainly appears to share much in common with James Bond’s DB10, most noticeably in the shape of the slim headlights and the vehicle’s flanks. The Aston grille’s shape is also more pronounced here than on the DB10, although it is without its mesh for now.

Elsewhere, those ‘Curlicue’ vents near the front wheels appear to be inspired by the DB11 and Vulcan. Like the former, the Vantage should also feature a one-piece forward-hinging clamshell bonnet.

Compared to the patent images shared previously, there are plenty of similarities to be seen, although the above-mentioned ‘Curlicue’ vents are presented in a different manner. The DB11’s Aeroblade technology won’t make its way to the Vantage either, so it gets a larger spoiler on the rear decklid instead.

Under the enticing bodywork is a shortened version of the DB11’s bonded aluminium platform, which should offer better torsional rigidity and be lighter compared to its predecessor. The company hasn’t revealed what will power the Vantage, but it is likely the Mercedes-AMG 4.0 litre biturbo V8 will be a good fit.

The engine is already being offered on the entry-level DB11, where it makes 510 PS and 675 Nm of torque. However, instead of a ZF eight-speed automatic, the Vantage is said to come with a choice of either a manual or dual-clutch automatic instead.

As the current Vantage can be had with a V12 as well, it isn’t far-fetched to say the new one will be offered with the DB11’s 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12 in the future. On its larger sibling, the engine makes 608 PS and 700 Nm of torque.

GALLERY: New Aston Martin Vantage patent images