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After months and months of teasers, British automaker Aston Martin has finally pulled the wraps off its first-ever SUV, the hotly anticipated DBX. A bold chapter in the brand’s 106-year history, the DBX is the result of changing times and preferences, wherein performance car manufacturers such as Porsche, Maserati, and Lamborghini have had to start churning out SUVs.
Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said: “I can’t emphasise enough how incredibly exciting and significant DBX is for Aston Martin. Through its development alone, this beautiful SUV has already taken the company into new territories and in inspiring directions. DBX also marks a key moment in the delivery of the third and final phase of our Second Century Plan, not only representing the promised expansion of our portfolio but also signaling the start of production at Aston Martin’s second manufacturing plant.”
Set to be built in Aston Martin’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in St Athan, Wales, the foundation of DBX is a new dedicated SUV platform, something rarely seen across the sector. Utilizing bonded aluminum, a construction method Aston Martin has refined through the development of its sports cars, the body structure is both very light and incredibly stiff, tipping scales at just 2,245kg.
Under the hood sits a new version of the brand’s 4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 found in the DB11 and Vantage, pushing out 542 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. With an aural symphony that is unquestionably Aston Martin, the active exhaust system ensures this is a luxury SUV that can sound refined one moment and exhilarating the next.
Prices start at AED 848,000 with first set of deliveries expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020.