That’s right, Aston Martin’s DBX SUV has finally been unveiled without camouflage for the first time. Unmistakably Aston Martin in design, the brand’s first SUV features over 500hp from a turbocharged V8, five seats and true offroad capabilities. A whole new world for Aston Martin, it looks like they’ve certainly landed on their feet.
As it was a bit of a sticking point for some, prior to the DBX’s official launch, let’s start with design. Stunning, isn’t it? Wearing styling that is totally Aston Martin, the new DBX mixes the modern silhouette of a sporty SUV with iconic elements from Aston Martin’s history, for example: the traditional ‘DB’ grille.
Taking a look across Aston Martin’s SUV, you find lots of Vantage-inspired elements – after all, Vantage is stunning, so why wouldn’t you use that – possibly the most notable of these features has to be the long light strip and ducktail spoiler that dominate the beautiful back of the DBX SUV.
Aston Martin say that they’ve poured no end of energy into the DBX, as they wanted to ensure that their first SUV was perfect. Part of this was the height that the car sits at, with designers at Aston Martin stating “when you make a car low, it looks sportier, when you set it higher, it looks like a true SUV. Somewhere in the middle, the car looks to just elegantly glide”. It’s quotes like this that demonstrate how important the DBX project has been to Aston Martin.
Now, let’s move away from design and towards performance. The Aston Martin DBX is the first car to use the brand’s new bonded aluminium platform, meaning that it is both lighter and stiffer than much of its competition. The result – when combined with brilliant Bilstein triple-chamber air suspension and a 48V anti-roll system – is an SUV that, Aston Martin say, is as dynamic as a sports car.
Power comes from a version of the Vantage’s 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 that features upgraded turbochargers and intercoolers; those upgrades mean that the DBX is now good for 542hp and peak torque of 516lb ft. Performance wise, those power figures take the DBX from 0-60mph in just 4.3seconds and to a top speed of 181mph. There’s talk of more engines in the future – including a potential hybrid variant – but, at the moment, there’s nothing concrete from Aston Martin.
Predominantly 100% rear-wheel drive, a clever four-wheel drive system can send up to 50% of the engine’s torque to the front wheels. The smart system features electronically controlled centre and rear differentials to achieve the above and to distribute torque away from slipping wheels. Making DBX ideal both on and off road.
Staying true to Aston Martin’s work in making the DBX the most dynamic SUV out there, the cabin remains sporty, utilising a new version of the DB11’s seats to enhance the sportiness of the cabin whilst also making sure that occupants are supported and comfortable.
Adding a feel of luxury to the interior, Aston Martin have opted to equip the DBX with the very best materials throughout. As with much of the technology that has got into DBX, everything on the inside is new and developed especially for the SUV.
A large pair of TFT screens – one for infotainment and one replacing traditional dials in front of the driver – are prominent features within the cabin, with the controls for the infotainment system housed atop a stunning ‘bridged’ centre console.
Refreshingly, Aston Martin have released the DBX with some very imaginative options such as a pet package and a snow package; proving just how usable the brand want their first SUV to be. This isn’t just a sporty SUV because they thought they needed to make one. This is a practical SUV with usability in mind.
Talking of this monumental launch for the brand, Dr.Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO, said:
“I can’t emphasise enough how incredibly exciting and significant DBX is for Aston Martin. Through its development alone, this beautiful SUV has already taken the company into new territories and in inspiring directions. DBX also marks a key moment in the delivery of the third and final phase of our Second Century Plan, not only representing the promised expansion of our portfolio but also signaling the start of production at Aston Martin’s second manufacturing plant.
“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. This is a real landmark for this great British brand and I promise that DBX will reward all who experience it in their everyday lives.”
Now that we’ve finally seen the Aston Martin DBX without camouflage, we can’t get enough of it and can’t wait to see one in the flesh at Aston Martin Nottingham in the future. What do you think of Aston Martin’s first SUV? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.