Aston Martin DBX is the name decided on for the company’s first SUV ever, to be built in an all-new factory and just about ready for a late-2019 market launch…
After 105 years of making cars, Aston Martin is on the verge of opening only its second ever purpose-built factory – the new St Athan plant in Wales will employ 700 people, which means Aston Martin’s workforce is about to grow by something like a third.
This substantial expansion is all because you can’t stop buying SUVs. The first Aston Martin SUV is green-lit for production at St Athan with a market launch scheduled late in 2019 before a full-year assault in 2020.
Now that it’s been decided – it’s called the Aston Martin DBX – the prototype test drives have begun on Welsh rally stages, which suggests the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne will have some decent competition on their hands.
Soon the 2020 DBX will also land on our shores to undergo hot-weather testing in the Middle Eastern deserts. Little is known about the DBS so far but from the disguised prototype in these images you can see a low frontal area with the company’s signature wing grille up front, and a sloping roofline towards the rear.
Everything else is still open to speculation, and since St Athan is outfitted for future electric vehicle production, the rumour mill suggests a hybrid option, as well as the possibility of an AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged V8 like you get in the new Vantage, or even Mercedes’ new straight-six, which would fit in well with Aston’s six-cylinder heritage.
The men responsible for the testing phase is Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Matt Becker, who left Lotus to join the Gaydon firm. If anyone knows handling it’s Becker, so expectations are high for the Aston’s first ever SUV.
“The DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge,” said Becker.
Regardless, an SUV of any kind with an Aston Martin badge on the nose is guaranteed to become the brand’s best seller. Currently the manufacturer shifts 5,000 cars a year, so the addition of SUVs in the line-up (an even more luxurious Lagonda SUV is next…) will see production double.