Automedia have used their technological wizardry to remove the camouflage off the prototype vehicles we have seen to produce an accurate render of Aston Martin's latest creation. This is visible in the cover photo whilst below is a render of the rear by Sugar Design.
Why are Aston Martin building an SUV?
Sales and high demand. The DBX will compete with exotic luxury SUVs such as the Bentley Bentagya, Ferrari Purosangue, Maserati Levante GTS Trofeo and the Lamborghini Urus.
The car will go on sale early 2020 and will be built after Aston Martin open their new factory in Wales. The purpose of this factory is to double the production capacity up to 14,000 vehicles per year. This factory is clear evidence that the DBX could drive a large portion of Aston's sales and has high demand.
Performance & Specifications
Carsales.com.au have spent significant and close time with the camouflaged prototypes and claim that it will use the same, AMG-powered twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 found in the Vantage.
Unless it will be further tuned, it will produce 510hp and 505 lb-ft / 685Nm of torque, which is plenty for an super-SUV but might not be enough to demolish the competition.
A More Powerful V12 DBX
Rumours suggest the twin-turbocharged 5.2L V12 found in the DBS Superleggera may also be offered with time in order to compete with the Bentley Bentagya Speed. That engine produces 715hp and 664 lb-ft / 900Nm of torque. I would not be surprised if both and V8 and V12 variant are offered.
This is not just a city-going suburban SUV, it's been tested on a Welsh Rally Stage. Aston Martin's chief engineer, Matt Becker, took it out on muddy terrain and the vehicle did quite well, certainly better than you might expect.
Aston Martin on their website state that the prototype will "tackle the world's harshest environments", including "the frozen Arctic and the scorching desserts of the Middle East".
Production, Arrival & Hybrid?
Aston Martin state that the vehicle will be unveiled in the final quarter of 2019 and will be produced in their new St Athan facility in Wales. They claim it will "ultimately become the 'Home of Electrification'", let's hope they meant that the DBX will be electrified eventually rather than now.
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