Wednesday Aston Martin gave us first look at the highly anticipated SUV by revealing an early prototype.
The car manufacturer also confirmed the name of the vehicle DBX, which will start production next year in a new plant in Wales. The launch is scheduled at the end of 2019, indicating that we will see it as the 2020 model.
Some readers will remember that Aston Martin used the DBX title for the 2015 concept of SUV (see below). There were rumors that the car manufacturer might come up with a different name for the production, as Varek was one of the suggestions. Instead, the car maker has chosen to stick to DBX, which links the SUV to the DB sports car line.
Judging by photos and videos, the DBX will be a small SUV with the same proportions as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. We are looking for a very early prototype for the design to evolve in the course of development. There are also many camo tools, including fake panels, caught to hide the true shape.
We know that the all-terrain vehicle will use a new platform specifically designed for a powerful, off-road vehicle. In particular, Aston Martin will focus on suspension technology to address SUV masses, dimensions and targets. This required a new test procedure for automobile manufacturers, who usually deal with sports cars.
For the first real-world test, Matt Becker, chief engineer of Aston Martin, was driving a prototype at the Welsh rally. Ultimately, prototypes will be sent all over the world to address the heaviest environments, from frozen Arctic and burning deserts from the Middle East to high Alpine passage and high-speed requirements in the German buses and Nürburgring races.
Aston Martin DBX Concept
Although Aston Martin first thought that the SUV is an electric car, it has changed due to Lagonda's renewal as the brand of the new electric car from Aston Martin. CEO Andy Palmer confirmed that Aston Martin has lowered powertrain plans in April. However, a hybrid drive is possible. At the same time, the standard transmission could be the sources of the Mercedes-AMG 4.0 liter with two turbochargers V-8 Aston Martin.
As stated above, production will take place in Wales, at the Aston Martin St Athan plant currently under construction. The plant will start production of the Rapide E electric sedan, followed by DBX, followed by a couple of Lagonda offers at the beginning of the next decade.
DBX is the fourth of the seven cars promised under the Aston Martin 2. Century plan. The first was the DB11, followed by the transformation of Vantage and the new DBS Superleggera. Following the DBX will come the "Vanquish" supercar, and then Lagonda SUV and sedan. Aston Martin again repeats a seven-car cycle with redesigned models. And along the way we will see some special models like Valkyrie and 003 HyperCarry.