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Aston Martin’s first SUV – the 181mph DBX – is finally unveiled

By Paul Connolly

Aston Martin has unveiled its first-ever SUV model, a £158k rival to the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.

It’s an important car for the British firm, which is one of the last manufacturers to succumb to the trend for taller 4x4-type vehicles. (Ultra-late mover Ferrari will finally follow in 2021).

Aston Martin is in the middle of a big expansion and the DBX is a long-awaited model that’s been in the pipeline since 2015.

It will be built at the company’s new purpose-built plant in St Athan, Wales, and Aston Martin hopes it will extend its appeal towards female customers amongst whom it has carried out much research.

Company boss 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 signalling the start of production at Aston Martin’s second manufacturing plant.

“We have both delivered this model through our expertise, but also by garnering invaluable experience and knowledge from external counsel, including our Female Advisory Board.

“This is a real landmark for this great British brand, and I promise that DBX will reward all who experience it in their everyday lives.”

The design is dramatic, with a very large grille up front, short-ish overhangs, a long bonnet and a sloping roofline.

The all-wheel drive model features a re-tuned version of a Mercedes AMG-built 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine seen in other Aston Martin models like the DB11 and Vantage.

Power output is 550PS and 700NM of torque allowing the DBX to make the sprint from 0 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds before heading on to a top speed of 181mph.

A nine-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox is mated to the all-wheel drive system with active differentials featuring an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential (eDiff).

Adaptive triple volume air suspension has been combined with the latest 48v electric anti-roll control system (eARC) and electronic adaptive dampers to give a sporting character to the vehicle’s air suspension.

The manufacturer says the car will be a real off-road performer, with the driver able to raise the ride height by 45mm or lower it by 50mm to suit the terrain.

Luxury SUVs need to be practical as well as sporty and the DBX, Aston Martin’s first five-seat vehicle, features a very decent 632-litres of boot space and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats.

The car can be specced and personalised to a high level, including extras like the Pet package with its portable washer for muddy dogs, and a Snow package with boot warmers.

Aston Martin is working hard to improve its on-board tech, and the DBX is in the forefront of these efforts with a new 10.25” TFT screen housed flush in the centre console, while a 12.3” TFT screen serves up information to the driver.

Apple CarPlay comes as standard, as does a 360-degree camera system and ambient lighting that offers 64 different colours in two zones.

The first 500 models will get an exclusive ‘1913 Package’ (the year the company started) fitted with a unique fender badge, sill plaques and an inspection plaque detailing its limited build-run.

The DBX is on sale now, with first deliveries scheduled to begin in the second quarter of next year. It’s priced from £158,000 in the UK, €193,500 in Germany and $189,900 in USA.

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