Aston Martin DBX: First SUV arrives with 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and £158k price
The Aston Martin DBX has arrived. The first SUV from the luxury car manufacturer, it may just be the most important vehicle it releases.
With the benefit of creating something from scratch, this has allowed Aston Martin to innovate and push the boundaries of what British design and engineering can create.
From the signature ‘DB’ grille at the front, through the sculptured sides and design feature line, to the tailgate with a flip that draws inspiration from Vantage, make no mistake: this is an Aston Martin from first glance to detailed inspection.
At the car’s front, the daytime running lights have an integrated aerodynamic duct, which channels air through the front wheel arches and along the side, helping to reduce both drag and lift while also cooling the brakes. Air flows cleanly over the roof, through the rear wing, over the rear window and on to the rear flip.
Utilising bonded aluminium, a construction method Aston Martin has refined through the development of its sports cars, the body structure is both very light and incredibly stiff with an overall kerbweight of 2,245kg.
Designed to allow maximum room in the cabin, the DBX puts a premium on refinement and class-leading spaciousness for both front and rear occupants. DBX has been very deliberately created with instant familiarity and ease of use from the start.
Class-leading headroom and legroom combines with a full-length glass panoramic roof and frameless door glass to offer a light and spacious cabin. The use of sports car seating in the front not only provides the driver with exceptional support and long-distance driving comfort, but also provides knee and footwell clearance for those sitting behind.
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Small touches feature throughout, including separate central armrests, glovebox design and the ergonomic positioning of the car’s key control systems, while an industry first sees both the headlining and electric roof blind made available in a luxurious Alcantara finish. Another design highlight includes the elegantly crafted bridged centre console allowing for both flexible storage below and a beautiful, architectural centrepiece.
Aston Martin’s personalisation service also includes a contemporary range of exquisite wood, composite and metal veneers to ensure the cabin can be tailored to any taste.
Framed by these materials is an abundance of technology. A 10.25-inch TFT screen sits elegantly flush in the centre console, while a huge 12.3” TFT screen provides a wealth of information to the driver. Apple CarPlay comes as standard, as does a 360-degree camera system and ambient lighting that offers 64 different colours in two zones.
On the road, adaptive triple volume air suspension has been combined with the latest 48v electric anti-roll control system, allowing the ride height to rise by 45mm or be lowered by 50mm to give any driver the confidence to tackle a wide range of terrain. The adaptive triple-chamber air springs enable variable stiffness giving both luxurious comfort and dynamic prowess, while the control system can limit DBX’s body roll and provides handling that is much more akin to that of a sports car than an SUV.
At the heart of Aston’s most versatile product ever, the DBX will arrive with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 542hp and 700Nm of torque. This makes it the highest performing V8 engine in the current range from the manufacturer.
The active exhaust system also ensures this is a luxury SUV that can sound refined one moment and exhilarating the next. The engine’s versatility isn’t restricted to its vocals either; the turbocharged V8 has cylinder deactivation to enhance fuel economy, yet it can also propel DBX from 0 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 181mph.
Commenting on the launch, Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said: “DBX is a car that will give many people their first experience of Aston Martin ownership. As such it needed to be true to the core values established in our sports cars, while also providing the lifestyle versatility expected of a luxury SUV.
“To have produced such a beautiful, hand built, yet technologically advanced car is a proud moment for Aston Martin.”
Built in Britain at the new manufacturing plant in St Athan, Wales, the Aston Martin DBX is on sale now from £158,000. First deliveries are scheduled to begin the second quarter of 2020.