Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who writes for the likes of Motor1, Carfection, CNET and DriveTribe.
We’ve known Aston Martin is releasing an SUV – the DBX – for a very, very long time. At this point Aston’s close to rivalling Toyota in the ‘how long can we draw this launch out’ stakes, but the moment of truth is nearly upon us.
We’re going to see the production ready DBX on 20th November at its unveiling in Beijing, China. No more speculation, no more renders, and no more pictures of camo’d SUVs burning around the countryside, just the finished article ready for all to see.
An Aston Martin SUV is a logical move for the marque – it’s a move that’s worked wonders for Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley, and even Rolls-Royce. Hell, even Ferrari’s going to make a raised four seater. With the Rapide saloon now off the menu (unless you fancy an electric one), if you want to have a family AND an Aston Martin on the drive the DBX is going to be your only bet.
As well as announcing a reveal date, Aston’s also given us pricing details – UK customers will have to drop £158,000 to get in to a DBX, but they get three years servicing thrown in. German DBX buyers will have to spend €193,500, and Americans will have to part with $189,900. All of that is before options.
Rather than just give us a teaser image and send us on our merry way, Aston’s also shown off the DBX’s interior in all its glory for the first time. Aston’s keen to point out how much work has gone in to ensuring the interior is as comfortable and ergonomically perfect as it can be.
As it’s an Aston Martin, the cabin is driver focussed, but there’s still things for the passengers to do and play with. Hefty storage bins hidden in the centre console have room for 1.5-litre bottles of water and the usual sundries of life.
Infotainment looks to be taken care of via the same Mercedes-AMG-sourced COMAND system found in the rest of the line up, which is… ok in the grand scheme but not the slickest out there. A large central screen to display all your useful info is nestled neatly in to the centre stack.
The rear may not be in constant use, but Aston is taking it seriously. The bods at Gaydon are fully aware that the people who use it most of the time will be half-size humans. Or… children. To ensure the kids are alright a group of them were invited to give feedback on how easy it was to get in and out. In fact, the cabin has been designed to work for everyone from a 99th percentile male to a 5th percentile female. Which is a hugely broad church.
Having built sports cars for over a century, Aston knows how to work packaging to make the most space out of the smallest platforms. With more room available, the techniques used to ensure a Vantage feels spacious means the DBX should feel even roomier than you might expect.
Still, there’s not long to go before we see what it looks like without the stickers, and soon enough we'll know what it's like to drive...