Aston Martin's first SUV in action - New DBX goes off-road

Aston Martin's first SUV in action - New DBX goes off-road

Aston Martin's first SUV in action - New DBX goes off-road

Aston Martin has confirmed the name of its first SUV - DBX - and the commencement of prototype testing. There is no suggestion that Aston Martin will offer a version with its V12 engine.

Various concepts have been released over the past few years, Aston Martin will now look to hone these into a production vehicle!

Whether or not 007 will head for the woods in one in his next film is yet to be seen, but it would make for a great chase scene. After making its world debut three years ago as a concept vehicle, the all-new DBX is now closer to becoming a reality.

The DBX's testing programme will encompass what the company calls "some of the world's harshest environments", such as the deserts of the Middle East.

"One could argue that making an SUV more lovely is not a very high bar, but our auto is thing of beauty", Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Automotive News Europe in a recent interview.

The first development DBX prototype is being put through its paces along a demanding Welsh Rally stage in the hands of the company's chief engineer, Matt Becker.

The DBX will be the latest entrant into the ultra-premium SUV segment and will take on the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover Autobiography, and the Lamborghini Urus.

Aston Martin chief Andy Palmer added that the testing of the prototype was "a momentous chapter in the story of our first SUV".

As befits Aston's sporty status, the DBX's grille is distinctively related to models such as the DB11 and Vantage, while the rear quarters could be favourably compared to Alfa Romeo's swift SUV the Stelvio.

Upon its arrival in the global market prior to end 2019, the Aston Martin DBX will compete with the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Urus and the upcoming Ferrari SUV.

Official pricing for the Aston Martin DBX has not been announced.

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