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After years of rumors and reports, we are finally getting our first glimpse at Aston Martin’s upcoming SUV, the DBX. It’s still a heavily camouflaged prototype, mind you, but it’s a way better gauge of what the production car will look like than that three-door concept the company trotted out back in 2015.
After an extensive testing program, the brand’s debut SUV is slated to launch at the end of 2019. To show off the range of its capabilities, the prototype was put through its paces along a demanding Welsh Rally stage in the UK.
In fact, the SUV will be subject to a rigorous regime of real-world testing to ensure it is as robust as possible when it hits the market. After the Welsh challenge, it is set to tackle tough terrain such as the frozen Arctic and scorching deserts of the Middle East, not to mention high-speed testing at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit.
The British automaker is yet to announce engine specs for its new model, although the brand hopes to build the world’s most powerful SUV, beating the 478kW Lamborghini Urus. The British automotive media suggests that one idea could be to match a V8 4.0L twin-turbo engine from Mercedes with an electric motor for a total of almost 520kW.
With the British SUV set to be built at the brand’s new facility in St Athan, Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive officer Andy Palmer sees the DBX as a new era for the company. “Seeing a DBX development prototype in action is a momentous chapter in the story of our first SUV, for it is the moment it really comes alive”, he said.
“DBX is so much more than ‘just’ an SUV; it will be the first model built at our brand-new facility in St Athan. As such, it is very much the start of a bold new era in the company’s long history”, he added.
According to Aston’s chief engineer Matt Becker, the prototype DBX will be tested in all conditions across all terrains before it goes into production. “We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available,” he revealed. Aston Martin DBX SUV breaks cover in camouflage!