Aston Martin confirm their SUV will be called the DBX - here's your first look
After previous speculation that their SUV would use the “Varekai” name, Aston Martin has confirmed that it will indeed use the DBX name first seen on their original 2015 off-roading concept. More than that however, they’ve been kind enough to release some official photos of it being thrashed around a Welsh rally stage in the hands of the project’s chief engineer, Matt Becker.
The first thing you’ll notice about this car is just how closely it uses Aston’s new design language. The front end is straight from the Vantage sports car, with the rest of the car conforming to the compact SUV formula. While it may borrow its face from another Aston however, it does not borrow its platform. According to the company, the DBX’s platform will not be shared with any other Aston. Given the yet-to-be-confirmed 4WD however, that’s hardly surprising.
In order to offset the additional mass of the DBX, Aston Martin is using an active anti-roll system with triple-chamber air springs. This should allow for a lot of wheel articulation, along with a good ride, but also no body roll where it isn’t wanted.
So far, that’s pretty much all we know. We know it’ll be built at their new factory in Wales, which is also where Aston will be producing their future electric powertrains. This fact alone has raised a wondering eyebrow or two in the direction of potential hybridity - but Aston are keeping tight lipped on the subject.
Not only has Aston not confirmed whether the DBX is using either the AMG 4L Twin-Turbo V8 or the company’s own 5.2L Twin-Turbo V12, but in the video they provided of the car blasting around a rally stage, they played a music track over the top so we wouldn’t be able to tell the engine by sound. Good one, Aston; keeps us guessing.
But what do you guys think about the DBX from the photos, information, and video Aston has provided? Do you think it might be the first performance SUV actual car enthusiasts take to, or do you think it’s just another terrible waste of metal? Let me know in the comments.
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