Aston Martin’s first SUV has
been named DBX . The first development prototype of the DBX is being put
through its paces along a demanding Welsh Rally stage in the hands of the
company’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker.
DBX is scheduled to be
unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin
Lagonda’s St Athan facility; a state-of-the-art luxury manufacturing plant that
will ultimately become the ‘Home of Electrification’ when the marque’s fully-EV
models enter production.
This first test for DBX
signifies the start of an extensive testing programme. One that has begun in
Wales, as a nod to Aston Martins’ new St Athan production facility in the Vale
Though simulation is an
essential part of DBX’s early development phase, this first prototype drive in
Wales signifies the start of ‘real world’ testing, in which the SUV will be
subjected to a punishing regime that will ultimately see development prototypes
of the all-new machine tackle some of the world’s harshest environments, from
the frozen Arctic and scorching deserts of the Middle East to high Alpine
passes and the high-speed demands of the German autobahn and Nürburgring
The unique nature of DBX in
the Aston Martin range means it requires a dedicated test programme; one that
features new processes, procedures and standards that reflect its all-purpose
role. So, while it will perform with the verve and poise of a true Aston
Martin, its dynamic envelope has to extend into areas previously off-limits to
the marque’s sporting roots. Naturally this includes impressive multi-terrain
and towing capabilities as befits a state-of-the-art SUV.
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