Aston Martin's debut SUV gets unleashed for testing

Daniel Fowler
November 17, 2018

After revealing that the new SUV will go on sale in the last quarter of 2019, Aston Martin has revealed "official" spy shots of the DBX SUV. There is no suggestion that Aston Martin will offer a version with its V12 engine. Unlike Aston Martin's GT cars and sports cars, the DBX is built in a new factory at St. Athan in Wales as opposed to company headquarters in Gaydon, England.

"We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available, said Aston Martin chief engineer, Matt Becker".

The company also gave the public its first look at an Aston Martin DBX prototype.

The DBX is set to ride on an Aston Martin platform.

Aston Martin promises the new model will deliver "impressive multi-terrain and towing capabilities".

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Becker said: "As an engineer, it's genuinely exciting to get a feel for the auto you're working to create". He was referring to the Bentley Bentayga, which uses Volkswagen Group's Major League Baseball architecture like its siblings, the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Q8, and VW Touareg. Unlike the DBX concept which was merely a sportscar with jacked up ride height, the product version will adopt a conventional five-door body style with steeply raked rear windshield.

Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive officer Andy Palmer said: "Seeing a DBX development prototype in action is a momentous chapter in the story of our first SUV, for it is the moment it really comes alive".

Previous reports suggested the DBX might be called the "Varekai", but now it seems more likely Aston Martin could stick that name on a mid-engined baby-Valkyrie.

The DBX is keenly awaited by Aston Martin dealers in the key markets of the United Kingdom and USA, said Max Warburton, an analyst for Bernstein Research.

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