Aston Martin has confirmed the ‘DBX’ nameplate for its first SUV, which has been revealed in prototype form in heavy camouflage, with a full unveiling of the road-going model expected in the fourth quarter of next year.
The design of the DBX appears similar to the concept that Aston Martin showed at the Geneva motor show in 2015, however it now has five doors instead of three.
With the British SUV set to be built at the brand's new facility in St Athan, Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive officer Andy Palmer sees the DBX as a new era for the company.
“Seeing a DBX development prototype in action is a momentous chapter in the story of our first SUV, for it is the moment it really comes alive,” he said.
“DBX is so much more than ‘just’ an SUV; it will be the first model built at our brand-new facility in St Athan. As such, it is very much the start of a bold new era in the company’s long history.”
Building a high-riding vehicle means that Aston Martin will, for the first time, attempt to develop a vehicle with strong multi-terrain and towing capabilities.
According to Aston’s chief engineer Matt Becker, the prototype DBX will be tested in all conditions across all terrains before it goes into production.
“We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available,” he said.
“Still, it’s always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype, and I’m delighted with the near perfect correlation between the simulator and this prototype. As an engineer, it’s genuinely exciting to get a feel for the car you’re working to create."
While nothing is confirmed, it is expected the Aston Martin DBX will arrive in Australia in early 2020.
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