Another day, another new sportscar maker entering the SUV fray. This time it’s Aston Martin, with the reveal of the long-awaited DBX.
Making its debut four years after the concept with which it shares its name, the production DBX blends typical Aston design cues with a tall SUV body. Up front there’s a large, DB11-like grille, complemented by sharp LED lights and broad wheelarches. At the rear is a prominent ducktail and a full-width LED taillight, each mounted above dual integrated exhaust tips.
Under the bonnet is the same Mercedes-AMG-sourced, 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine utilised by the Vantage sports car, though tuned to produce 405kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
Torque is sent to the tarmac through a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and a variable all-wheel-drive system, the latter sporting a 47/53 split as standard with the capability of sending nearly 100 per cent of the power through the rear axle’s electronic limited-slip differential.
The British brand claims a 4.5-second 0-100km/h time for its SUV, with a top speed unconfirmed.
Built upon a new, all-aluminium architecture, the DBX rides on triple-chamber adaptive air suspension, paired to a bespoke 48-volt anti-roll control system (eARC) in the place of traditional anti-roll bars said to cut body roll to below that of a DB11.
Head off the pavement and the DBX can tackle rough terrain with its 25.7-degree approach angle, 27.1-degree departure angle, 18.8-inch breakover angle and 500mm wading depth – those figures are complemented by off-road-oriented Terrain and Terrain+ drive modes.
Bringing the DBX to a halt is a quartet of beefy ventilated brakes, measuring 410mm up front (with six pistons) and 390mm at the rear.
The cabin is a departure from existing Aston Martin models, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch central infotainment touchscreen taking centre stage. Apple CarPlay and a 360-degree camera are standard, while available comfrot features include a panoramic glass roof, frameless doors, Alcantara headlining and a range of optional packs including the Pet and Snow packages.
Boot space is rated at 632 litres, with the second row sporting 40:20:40 split folding capability.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX is set to go on sale in Australia in the second half of 2020, priced from $357,000 plus on-road costs. Global production will be capped at 5000 per year, to both maintain exclusivity and match the Welsh factory’s maximum output.