Aston Martin has officially announced that their first ever SUV will be named as the Aston Martin DBX, taking over the name of the concept car it is based on. With the announcement, the British marque released a short teaser of their prototype model.
The first prototype drive in Wales signifies the start of the brand’s “real-world” testing which the company have scheduled to put the DBX through some of the world’s harshest environments from the frozen Arctic and scorching deserts of the Middle East to high Alpine passes and the high-speed demands of the German autobahn and Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Despite being covered up in the bright yellow camouflage, it is obvious that the DBX follows the design concept quite closely from the slim headlamps, gaping front grille and coupe-like silhouette. The rounded taillamp design on the prototype, however, is a far departure from the concept’s single strip blade that reminiscence other Aston Martin models.
In our recent interview with Aston Martin Creative Director of Exterior, Miles Nurnberger, the DBX was built with the philosophy of “sportscar first, SUV second”. The new SUV will maintain the verve and poise of an Aston Martin sports car with the added benefit of multi-terrain drivability as well as towing capabilities.
Nurnberger has also said that the DBX will feature a turbocharged powerplant due to the high low-end torque characteristics of turbo engines. Currently, Aston Martin employs an AMG sourced M177 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 and a 5.3-litre bi-turbo V12 in its other models.
The Aston Martin DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 with customer deliveries commencing shortly after.