The new Aston Martin DBX SUV will be powered by a tweaked version of the Vantage’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine
Aston Martin has confirmed that the new DBX SUV will be driven by a tuned version of the firm’s “hot-vee” twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, which features in the Vantage and the DB11 V8. When the DBX goes on sale next year, it’ll feature the most powerful V8 unit in the British brand’s range, with an output of 542bhp and 700Nm of torque.
The British brand is yet to officially announce the DBX’s performance specifications. However, Aston Martin 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.
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Aston Martin will pull the camouflage off the DBX this December, before putting it on sale in early 2020. When it reaches the global marketplace, it’ll join a growing market of premium performance SUVs, currently dominated by the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.
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This latest announcement was accompanied by a fresh suite of teaser images. Like our previously spied mule, this latest DBX prototype wears Aston Martin’s black and red, Wales- themed livery. Fit and finish is significantly improved over our older development vehicles, with neater panel gaps, flush rear lamps, new headlights and production-ready bumpers.
Aston Martin also plans to release a range of 11 optional accessory packages for the new 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.
Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, recently released a video on Twitter which provided us with 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 appear to be transferred faithfully from the prototype vehicles.
Speaking to Auto Express at the St. Athan facility late last year, Aston 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.
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.
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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