A change is coming around the bend. Later this year, Aston Martin will proudly present the production-ready version of its first SUV, the DBX. The DBX promises to take Aston Martin’s qualities into another realm, blending the dynamics and elegance of a classic GT car with unprecedented levels of flexibility, endurance and ability. The DBX marks Aston Martin’s first foray into the Sports Utility sector; it will also be the first series production car to come off the line at St Athan, the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in South Wales that will also house the forthcoming Lagonda brand.
The DBX is still under wraps, but currently undergoing extensive development testing in a range of demanding environments, from the ice-bound roads of Pirelli’s R&D Sottozero Centre at the Flurheden Proving Ground, close to the Arctic Circle in Sweden, to the relentless heat and dust of the Middle East and the tough terrain of a Welsh Rally stage. The fleet of pre-production prototype DBXs are also being subjected to the dynamic complexities of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, thanks to the team at the AMR Nürburgring Performance Centre. This state-of-the-art facility also offers easy access to Germany’s autobahn network, an essential part of the testing process for any long-distance, high-speed touring car.
The driving dynamics, honed by Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker, are combined with a bold and beautiful design overseen by Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, making the DBX a pioneering car that is truly worthy of the legendary winged badge. 2020 will see the first all-purpose Aston Martin take to the roads, marking a new era for the company and taking the brand to new destinations.