With the unveiling of the Aston Martin DBX, the Gaydon-based carmaker has stated that big luxury-focussed SUVs (which a lot of markets want) don’t have to be ugly (no one wants an ugly car). It’s claimed to have a soul of a sports car — a fact that Aston Martin backs with the use of a V8 engine and adaptive air suspension, among other driver-orientated bits.
But first, the way it looks. It’s more of an upmarket Jaguar F-Pace or Porsche Cayenne and less of a curvaceous Bentayga or Cullinan. And that actually helps it look appealing and not obnoxious. It can’t hold a candle to say something like the new Vantage, but will it look out of place next to say a Rapide? Absolutely not!
It’s made using bonded aluminium, which should help in keeping the weight in check (the SUV weighs 2245 kg — kerb weight) but also offer substantial stiffness. The twin-turbo V8 engine (also found in other Astons, like the new Vantage) makes 550 PS and 700 Nm, and helps the DBX reach 100 kmph in 4.5 seconds; the top speed is claimed to be 291 kmph. All-wheel drive is standard (with an active central diff and an e-diff at the rear), and the gearbox of choice for the DBX is a nine-speed torque converter.
The Aston Martin DBX is based on an entirely new platform (it’ll be manufactured in a new facility in Wales), and in order to keep its sports quotient alive, it’s been bestowed with electronic adaptive dampers and a 48-volt electric anti-roll control system. Depending on the operation, the car can be lowered by 50mm, or if it’s going to do some greenlaning, one can also increase the height by 45 mm. The anti-roll system is programmed to ensure the vehicle’s body roll is limited. For that, it can exert up to 1400 Nm of anti-roll force per axle, claims the company.
On the inside, the five-seat SUV is replete with leather and Alcantara, apart from the usual touches of metal, glass, and wood. To complement the good use of technology elsewhere on the car, a 10.25-inch touchscreen is included in the centre console and a 12.3-inch one for the driver. And then you also have Q by Aston Martin, which allows you to specify your DBX to your liking (and budget).
Talking of budget, the Aston Martin DBX goes on sale in the UK at £158,000. The price includes a service package for 3 years. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2020. When do you plan on getting yours?