The DBX enters Aston into the world of SUVs
How does it fit against the competition - and how does it fit with the brand?
Aston Martin is renowned for creating world-beating luxury performance grand tourers and sports cars. However, in perhaps the biggest change in their 106-year history, the brand has embraced the pace of the automotive industry, and is now creating an SUV.
The DBX rivals cars like Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, and Lamborghini Urus. These cars are changing the face of all their respective companies, and the DBX will do the same for Aston.
An SUV "will give many people their first experience of Aston Martin ownership," according to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer. But it will still retain key characteristics of an Aston Martin. Palmer said that the car "needed to be true to the core values established in our sports cars, while also providing the lifestyle versatility expected of a luxury SUV."
The DBX will ride on a new, lightweight platform specially designed for the vehicle, utilizing bonded aluminum. That will result in a curb weight less than 5,000 pounds and "class-leading spaciousness" for front and rear occupants. In addition, that platform will offer exceptional dynamics on-and-off road. It can be raised 1.77 inches or lowered 1.94 inches to take on any situation that faces it. Also, it has adaptive triple chamber air springs creating variable spring stiffness to improve its agility and make it handle like a sports car.
This ride will be comfortable for its five occupants. It has a handcrafted leather cabin with more headroom and legroom than its rivals. It makes use of quality materials including glass, metal, and wood. A glass panoramic sunroof and frameless doors creates a light and spacious ambiance.
It's also practical. The DBX has 22.3 cubic-feet of trunk space, and that becomes 54.0 with the rear seats folded down. If you have more niche practicality requirements, the manufacturer will offer specific packages. A Pet Package will offer a portable washer to clean muddy paws, and a Snow Package will feature boot warmers for added comfort on ski trips.
Even though it's an SUV, the car is still recognizable as an Aston Martin, incorporating signature and recognizable design features like the corporate grill, brand design, and Vantage-inspired rear lights. Stylistically, it looks refined and sleek. It's arguably the best-styled of all of the luxury-sport SUVs.
It shares another feature with the Vantage - the engine. It'll have the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8, also found in the DB11. It is tuned to make 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. It can either make the sound serene or exhilarating on command.
Palmer said "to have produced such a beautiful, hand-built, yet technologically advanced car is a proud moment for Aston Martin."
Sales will begin in the US starting in the latter part of 2020. It will start at $189,900, although options will drive that price up quickly. The first 500 owners will receive the 1913 Package to honor the brand's heritage. It will incorporate a unique fender badge, sill plaques and a plaque for its limited-edition run.