Forthcoming Aston Martin DBX SUV has been caught on camera again, undergoing handling assessment at the Nurburgring
Aston Martin’s new DBX SUV has been snapped again, undergoing development testing at the Nurburgring, ahead of its scheduled reveal at the end of the year. It’ll go on sale in 2020, where it will join a growing market of premium performance SUVs, currently dominated by the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.
Like our most recent spy shots, this latest DBX prototype wears Aston Martin’s new black and red, Wales-themed livery. Fit and finish appears significantly improved over our previously spied test vehicles, with neater panel gaps, flush rear lamps, new headlights and production-ready bumpers.
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These latest spy shots follow a teaser video, which the firm’s CEO Andy Palmer released on Twitter. The short clip hints at the production DBX’s grille, headlight and badge – the designs of which appear to be transferred faithfully from the prototype vehicles.
The DBX will be the first vehicle built at Aston Martin’s St. Athan facility. 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.
Aston Martin has confirmed the DBX will be powered by its AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged V8 that also appears in the Vantage and DB11 V8. Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, has also confirmed a hybrid DBX will eventually emerge, falling in line with the British brand’s plan to electrify its entire line-up, with hybrid or pure-electric variants of every model planned by 2025.
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. A presentation of the finished car will take place towards the end of 2019.
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