Aston Martin today unveiled the first SUV in its 106-year history. Called the DBX, the new model is also the Gaydon brand’s first five-seater and promises to be an SUV that retains the sporty characteristics and dynamic performance of its other models. From the signature ‘DB’ grille at the front, the sculptured sides, the DBX’s styling ties it well with the family design language seen in the British marque’s sportscars and is unmistakably Aston viewd from any angle.
“I can’t emphasise enough how incredibly exciting and significant DBX is for Aston Martin,” said Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer. “Through its development alone, this beautiful SUV has already taken the company into new territories and in inspiring directions, “ he added.
Set to be built in Aston Martin’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in St Athan, Wales, the DBX is underpinned by a new dedicated SUV platform, something rarely seen across the sector. The body structure, built using bonded aluminium construction method, is both light and stiff, helping keep the overall kerb weight to 2,245kg.
Power comes from the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in the DB11 and Vantage, churning out 550 horsepower and 700Nm of torque, helping propel the DBX from 0 to 100kph in just 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 181mph (291kph). Channeling power to all four corners is a nine-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox. The all-wheel drive system with active differentials feature an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential. Aston Martin says the steering system has been tuned to deliver sports car-like response, and that the DBX will inspire confidence and a sense of control irrespective of the road and weather conditions.
It also features an adaptive triple volume air suspension, combined with the latest 48v electric anti-roll control system and electronic adaptive dampers. The suspension lets ride height be raised by 45mm or lowered by 50mm, adding to the DBX’s capability to tackle a wide range of terrain.
Being Aston Martin’s first ever full-size 5-seat model, the DBX also promises greater versatility and offers 632 litres of boot space and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats.
The cabin is luxuriously handcrafted and has been designed to provide ample space and comfort for occupants for the front and rear alike. Aston Martin claims “class-leading” headroom and legroom and says the full-length glass panoramic roof and frameless door glass contribute to enhancing the feeling of roominess.
The seats are trimmed in luxurious, full grain leather, sourced from the brand’s long term partner Bridge of Weir. Both the headlining and electric roof blind are available in Alcantara finish, while metal, glass and wood have been used to trim the rest of the cabin.
Further adding to the desirability of DBX, the first 500 owners will be offered an exclusive ‘1913 Package’ that includes a unique fender badge, sill plaques and an inspection plaque detailing its limited build-run. Each of these first examples will be personally endorsed and inspected by Andy Palmer. In addition, each customer will also receive a unique build-book signed by both Aston Martin’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and an invitation to a regionally hosted Waldorf Astoria celebration cocktail party, hosted by a member of the Aston Martin Lagonda executive team.
Recommended retail price in the Middle East Retail starts at Dh848,000. The DBX is on sale now, with first deliveries scheduled to begin by the second half of 2020.