As one of the most respected brands in the automotive industry, it is somewhat surprising that Aston Martin have yet to dabble in the ever-popular world of SUVs. It seems that Aston Martin themselves agreed that it was time to take their pedigree to the sports utility vehicle world with the introduction of the DBX.
The concept behind the DBX
Aston Martin first announced their intention to release an SUV model at the 2015 Geneva motor show but, since then, details have been few and far between. It is rumoured that the first DBX model will be named the “Varekai” - a name that was trademarked by Aston Martin in early 2018, and which fits nicely with the brand’s penchant for “V” names. However, at present, the name is not confirmed, and Aston are referring to the vehicle simply as the DBX.
Introducing the DBX
The DBX is billed as Aston Martin’s answer to other luxury SUVs currently on the market, such as the Bentley Bentayga, Maserati Levante, and the higher end Range Rover models. While information is still relatively thin on the ground in terms of the exact specifications of the DBX, at first glance, it’s clear that the more established models will indeed have a genuine competitor in the lucrative high-end SUV market.
While the DBX was initially thought to be a three-door design initially, Aston Martin have since confirmed a standard five-door layout. Despite this somewhat surprising addition, it is thought that the DBX will retain the sleek, elegant styling that drew the attention during the initial concept.
It is expected that the DBX will feature a lightweight, bonded aluminium body structure, as well as the new “family face” as established on the brand’s Vantage models.
When first released, the DBX will be petrol-powered. However, Aston have already announced that the DBX will eventually transition to hybrid technology at some point in the next decade, in keeping with Aston’s plans to electrify its entire range by 2025.
Initial speculation suggests that the DBX will feature a four-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, though this may be subject to change in future.
When will the DBX be available for purchase?
The Aston Martin SUV will take a little longer to make its way to market due to the company’s new test programme, which has been specifically formulated to ensure the vehicle is capable of meeting the brand’s high standards. The complete testing schedule involves on-road and off-road testing in the UK, as well as tests in the Arctic and Middle East, as well as - of course - the Nürburgring. Only when testing is complete will Aston be releasing the DBX to the public, which is expected to take place towards the end of 2019 or early 2020.
For further updates on the DBX as they become known, please do not hesitate to contact Harwoods Group. As the leading motor dealership group in the south of England for over 80 years, we are proud to represent Aston Martin, and would be delighted to answer any questions you may have about the brand’s exciting venture into the SUV market.