Aston Martin launches first ever SUV

Daniel Fowler
November 21, 2019

Such a material keeps the vehicle moderately lightweight which enables driving dynamics worthy of the Aston Martin name.

Earlier this month Aston Martin reported a £92.3 million pre-tax loss for the past three quarters as sales volumes slid on "tough trading conditions" in the United Kingdom and Europe. "Through its development alone, this attractive SUV has already taken the company into new territories and in inspiring directions". We have both delivered this model through our expertise, but also by garnering invaluable experience and knowledge from external counsel, including our Female Advisory Board.

Set to be built in Aston Martin's purpose-built manufacturing facility in St Athan, Wales, the foundation of DBX is a new dedicated SUV platform.

Aston Martin is renowned the world over for its sophisticated and lovely sports cars, but it never once offered an SUV in 106 years of existence.

According to the company, the DBX represents a "new era in Aston Martin's pursuit to deliver exceptional performance, style and usability in a segment previously unexplored by the world-famous manufacturer".

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"That's something we aspire to elsewhere", Chief Executive Andy Palmer told Reuters. Right from its genesis, it was created to allow maximum room in the cabin, putting a premium on refinement and class leading spaciousness for both front and rear occupants.

The adaptive air suspension, which combines the latest electric anti-roll control system with electronic adaptive dampers, can be programmed to aid with ingress, egress and loading requirements while also improving on-road comfort and off-road capability. The firm described its first full-size five-seat vehicle as being 'extremely adaptable to a wide variety of lifestyle needs and owners'.

Upfront is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 derived from the same unit found in the DB11 and Vantage, but here it makes slightly more horsepower sitting proudly at 550PS, 40 more than the DB11. It manages to haul its weight to 62mph in 4.5 seconds, nearly a second slower than the Urus, and will hit a top speed of 181mph.

Recommended Retail Price from £158,000 in the United Kingdom, €193,500 in Germany and $189,900 in USA.

When it goes on sale, the DBX is expected to cost around £158,000.

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