In a nutshell
- Aston Martins first ever SUV is an important landmark for the firm.
- The DBX is as capable off-road as it is on a racetrack.
- Competitor to the likes of the Lamborghini Urus or the Bentley Bentayga.
- Power of 550 PS and 700 Nm of torque thanks to revised 4.0 litre, twin-turbo V8.
- 0-62mph in 4.5 secs.
- Priced from £158,000
Deliveries of Aston Martins first ever SUV - the DBX - have begun in earnest this month.
And with sports car performance combined with genuine off-road capabilities, whether youre ferrying the kids to the school gates or youre a certain spy with 007 on your business card, its a sumptuous tool to get you out of the stickiest of situations.
Make no mistake - this is an important car for Aston Martin, and its first attempt to go toe-to-toe with the likes of other similarly-priced luxury SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus or the Bentley Bentayga.
With a starting price of £158,000, its a car thats been five years in development and with a lot resting on its shoulders.
But the British firm is confident its a vehicle to propel the brand to new heights worldwide.
Aston Martin says it started with a blank sheet of paper, using the same bonded aluminium chassis construction of its sports cars to create a body structure thats both very light and incredibly stiff. With an overall kerbweight of 2,245kg, its softer on the scales than the Bentayga.
Adaptive triple volume air suspension has been combined with the latest 48v electric anti-roll control system (eARC) and electronic adaptive dampers to provide both a super-smooth ride, but also the ability to raise and lower the height depending on the terrain.
Power - all 550 PS of it, along with 700 Nm of torque - comes from a new version of the 4.0 litre, twin-turbo V8 found in both the DB11 and the Vantage.
Theres clever cylinder deactivation to enhance fuel economy - yet the hulking DBX is still capable of sprinting from 0 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds. Itll also hit 100mph in just 9.9 seconds.
The grunt is shifted from the engine to the Tarmac via a nine-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox, allied to an all-wheel drive system with active differentials featuring an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential (eDiff).
An Aston Martin spokesperson explains: This allows the torque to be moved precisely both fore and aft in the vehicle and also across the rear axle. When combined with the bespoke steering system that has been tuned to deliver feel and sports car-like response, DBX imbues the driver with an overriding sense of control, whatever the conditions.
Some 632 litres of boot space and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats means the DBX can be a family load lugger if you want it to be, particularly if you need to ferry golf bags and ski equipment across the Continent.
And theres also a wide array of optional packages. With the Pet pack, for example, you get a portable washer to clean the muck from your pooch, while the Snow option provides boot warmers to cosset chilled feet after hitting the slopes.
Inside its trademark Aston Martin - swathes of luxurious leather, wood, metal and composite veneers, a full-length glass panoramic roof and frameless door glass, and a control console the firm describes as an architectural centrepiece.
Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO Dr. Andy Palmer said: DBX is a car that will give many people their first experience of Aston Martin ownership.
As such it needed to be true to the core values established in our sports cars, while also providing the lifestyle versatility expected of a luxury SUV.
To have produced such a beautiful, hand built, yet technologically advanced car is a proud moment for Aston Martin.
Order books are open now.