New 2020 Aston Martin DBX: first undisguised spy shots

Uncamouflaged images of the Aston Martin DBX have surfaced on a Spanish website, previewing the SUV’s styling in full

A fresh suite of images showing an uncamouflaged Aston Martin DBX have appeared on the Spanish website AutoPista, ahead of the car’s planned launch in early 2020. The pictures show the SUV’s styling in full, giving us our first look at its exterior brightwork and production-ready panelling.

The styling of this leaked Aston Martin DBX remains faithful to that of our recently 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.

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Aston Martin plans to officially reveal the DBX this December. When it reaches the global marketplace next year, it will join a growing market of premium performance SUVs, currently dominated by the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.

The British brand recently 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 a claimed output of 542bhp and 700Nm of torque.

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.

Aston Martin has also confirmed it will 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).

Other options which will be available for the DBX are 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.

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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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