Aston Martin has confirmed the DBX SUV will be unveiled at an exclusive event in Beijing, China at 4am tomorrow morning. Order books will open globally after the event – and the DBX will wade into the growing market for premium performance SUVs, dominated by the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. UK prices will start from £158,000, with first deliveries due in early 2020.
We’ve been for a ride in the new DBX gaining some crucial first impressions of the influential new SUV and Aston Martin has also released an image of the production-ready DBX’s interior, giving us our first undisguised look at the SUV’s dashboard and upholstery. Up front, there’s a digital instrument binnacle, a centre-mounted infotainment system and sports seats, while rear-seat passengers get their own air-conditioning controls.
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The British brand recently confirmed that the DBX’s cabin will be offered with a host of optional extras, including an Aston Martin branded, leather trimmed baby seat, heated front cup holders, all-weather floor mats, illuminated tread plates and a Field Sport pack, which adds a gun cabinet and a shooting stick.
Aston Martin will also release a range of 11 optional accessory packages for the DBX. Options include a Snow Pack (which adds a ski bag, a roof-mounted ski rack and snow chains), a Touring Pack (comprising a four-piece luggage set and cabin saddle bags) and a Pet Pack (including a pet bed, a portable pet washer and a bumper protector).
This new information follows the recent leak by the Spanish website AutoPista, which contained a suite of uncamouflaged DBX image – previewing the SUV’s styling in full ahead of its planned launch date. The pictures gave us our first look at the car’s exterior brightwork and production-ready panelling.
The styling of the leaked DBX remains faithful to that of our previously spied test mules. Aston Martin has retained the car’s duck-tail spoiler, along with its wide radiator grille, large alloy wheels and aggressive rear diffuser. Previously unseen design elements include the chrome strakes on the SUV’s flanks and the brightwork surrounding its side windows.
The British brand has also confirmed that the DBX will be powered by a tuned version of the “hot-vee” twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, found in the Vantage and the DB11 V8. It will be the most powerful V8 engine Aston Martin’s range, with an output of 542bhp and 700Nm of torque.
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Aston Martin is yet to officially announce the DBX’s performance specifications. However, it has confirmed that the DBX is “regularly achieving sub eight-minute Nordschleife lap times” and has repeatedly exceeded a 180mph top speed during its development programme.
Our most recent official update from Aston Martin previewed a DBX prototype wearing a black and red, Wales-themed livery. Fit and finish was significantly improved over our older development vehicles, with neater panel gaps, flush rear lamps, new headlights and production-ready bumpers.
Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, also released a video on Twitter which provided an indication of the finished car’s design. The short clip hinted at the production DBX’s grille, headlights and badge – the designs of which were transferred faithfully from the prototype vehicles.
Palmer also confirmed that a hybrid DBX will eventually emerge, falling in line with the British brand’s strategy to electrify its entire line-up, with hybrid or pure-electric variants of every model planned for release by 2025.
Speaking to Auto Express at the St. Athan facility late last year, Aston’s Vehicle Line Director for Large Cars, Andy Haslam, told us a little more about the upcoming DBX. He described the model as “clearly a full-size SUV”, that will have a lightweight, bonded aluminium body structure with its own unique suspension system and platform.
The DBX will be the first vehicle built at Aston Martin’s St. Athan facility in Wales. So far, the factory has created around 200 jobs for the local area, with a further 550 jobs across the supply chain when production volumes begin to increase.
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