Aston Martin has revealed that its upcoming DBX SUV will be produced from 2019 at a new factory located in St Athan, South Wales – the company's second site in the United Kingdom.
A special ceremony was held yesterday to commemorate the announcement of the former military base's redevelopment at the hands of the British luxury car-maker.
At the event, Secretary of State Sir Michael Fallon formally handed over the site to Aston Martin on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
The silhouette is strikingly similar to the show car's, suggesting that little has been lost in translation to its production form.
To coincide with this milestone, a single teaser sketch of the DBX has been released, depicting the side profile of the brand's first entrant into the SUV segment.
First revealed as a concept at the 2015 Geneva motor show, the silhouette is strikingly similar to the show car's, suggesting that little has been lost in translation to its production form.
The heavily raked roofline persists, confirming that the DBX will offer plenty of style as a coupe-style crossover.
It remains to be seen if Aston's newest model will be a four-door SUV, as the concept eschewed tradition and offered two doors only.
Little else is known about the DBX, with few details shared other than the exterior and interior styling of its concept. However, some form of electrified powertrain remains on the cards.
Works at St Athan's three super hangars will now begin, with the brand still on track to have its first SUV rolling off production lines within the next two years.
Pundits expect that the wraps will come off the production version of the DBX at some stage in 2018.
By expanding its manufacturing efforts with the addition of a second plant, Aston Martin estimates that 1000 new jobs will be created across the UK-based locations by 2020.
Furthermore, another 3000 positions will likely be added via the supply chain and local businesses in Wales.
Pundits expect that the wraps will come off the production version of the DBX at some stage in 2018, ahead of it going on sale in Europe during the following year.
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