Aston Martin DBX - marque's first SUV begins testing

Mae Love
November 17, 2018

The DBX will be the latest entrant into the ultra-premium SUV segment and will take on the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover Autobiography, and the Lamborghini Urus.

The Aston Martin DBX will be built at the firm's new St Athan plant in Wales and is scheduled to be unveiled in Q4 2019.

If you are an Aston Martin aficionado, you may figure out the conceptual model of the SUV revealed at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show in 2015 had the same name.

The DBX will be the first product to be built at the company's new St Athan facility, which will ultimately become Aston's "Home of Electrification".

Various concepts have been released over the past few years, Aston Martin will now look to hone these into a production vehicle! "Still, it's always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype and I'm delighted with the near flawless correlation between the simulator and this prototype", said Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Matt Becker. And if high-selling DBX SUV models (like the Porsche Cayenne) allow for more Valkyries, DBSs and Vantages (and Porsche 911s), then more power to them.

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While Aston hasn't confirmed the off-roaders powertrain, it will probably be more conventional than the all-electric unit that powered by the concept auto.

An unspecified rally stage in a country renowned for the toughness of its rallies is the base for the DBX prototype's first round of punishment. However, it's likely an EV variant will follow after the initial launch. Created to compete with the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Maserati Levante and Ferrari "FUV", the auto is expected to become one of the Gaydon firm's best-selling models.

And as you'd expect, Aston Martin is getting in on the SUV action too.

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