We already saw how the Aston Martin DBX looked like, isn’t it? All its curves and lines were clearly visible leaving very little to the imagination. The only thing that was left is to take the camouflage off. It has now been done and here is the first-ever SUV from 106-year old British luxury marque.
Starting with the design, I think the designers have done a great job of integrating all of the brand’s design elements from its sports cars. The front is easily recognizable as an Aston Martin and so is the rear-end which borrows the spoiler lip from the new Vantage. The signature grille is flanked by aerodynamic ducts encircled with DRLs which also double as turn signals.
Weight distribution (front/rear): 54/46
The side profile too is unmistakably Aston Martin, thanks to that aforementioned lip, flush door handles, headlamps, fender vents and of course, the wheels. Speaking of which, the wheels measure 22-inches and is available in a total of 6 finishes. The brake calipers get a choice of 9 colors.
Let’s talk about the dimensions then. The DBX measures 5,039 mm in length, 2,220 mm in width (including mirrors) and 1,680 mm in height. At 3,060 mm, the wheelbase too is generous. Approach, departure and breakover angles are 22.2°, 24.3° and 15.1°, respectively. Wading depth is claimed to be 500 mm.
The DBX also gets triple chamber air suspension with adaptive dampers. It is combined with a 48-volt electric anti-roll control system (eARC) that is claimed to deliver a handling that is much more akin to that of a sports car than an SUV. The ride height can be raised by 45 mm or lowered by 50 mm.
Built on a new dedicated SUV platform with aluminium construction, the DBX has a kerb weight of 2,245 kg (4,950 lb). Just to compare, Lamborghini Urus weighs 2,200 kg.
The interior of the DBX was revealed a couple of weeks ago along with the prices. Naturally (literal or otherwise), it is finished in the nicest materials possible. Aston claims an industry-first application of 80 percent natural wool blend for the interiors. The luxurious full-grain ‘Caithness’ leather is sourced from Scotland’s Bridge of Weir leather company.
Standard specification includes a full-length panoramic glass roof, Alcantara headlining, 12-way electric front seats, heated seats (front & rear), 3-zone automatic climate control, 64-color ambient lighting, and 360° camera system with a deploying rear camera.
Other technologies include a 12.3-inch TFT driver’s display, 10.25-inch infotainment display, satellite navigation, and 14-speaker Aston Martin Premium Audio System.
Options list includes 16-way electric front seats, seat ventilation for front & rear, heated steering wheel, contrast stitching, and several veneer options. Leather embossing of Aston Martin wings or DBX logo is also an option. Download the DBX spec sheet here.
The company claims 632 litres of boot space. The rear seats split 40:20:40 for an extra load space and there’s also an additional 62 litres of stowage hidden underneath the boot floor.
Safety and assistance systems include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Rear Cross Traffic warning (RCT), and a market-specific Emergency call feature.
Moving on, the DBX is powered by a 4.0-litre (3,982 cc) twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, producing 405 kW (551 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque between 2,200 – 5,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. The crossover features an electronic rear limited-slip differential. As for driving modes, the DBX has four on-road and two off-road modes.
A 0 – 100 km/h acceleration is claimed to happen in 4.5 seconds and the top speed is 291 km/h or 181 mph.
As we can see from the photos, the packages include a Pet package that comes with a portable washer to help attend a muddy dog after a walk, and a Snow package that’ll deliver boot warmers to make a ski trip just that little bit more pleasurable.
In addition, the first 500 owners will get an exclusive ‘1913 Package’. It comes with a unique fender badge, sill plaques and an inspection plaque detailing its limited build-run; each of these first examples will be inspected by none other than Andy Palmer. Each customer will also receive a unique build-book signed by both Aston Martin’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and an invitation to a regionally hosted Waldorf Astoria celebration cocktail party, hosted by a member of the Aston Martin Lagonda executive team.
The DBX is available to order now. Prices start at £158,000 in the UK, €193,500 in Germany and $189,900 in the United States. First deliveries are scheduled to begin Q2 2020.