Aston Martin traded the camo livery for a real paint job to unveil their first SUV, the Aston Martin DBX.
Just like other marques in the prestigious club of exclusive vehicles such as Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley, Aston Martin jumps in the SUV world with its own high-off-the-ground contribution, the DBX.
We’ve seen the testing, the prototypes and the subtle design cues along with vague specifications. Today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, this new addition to the Aston Martin family finally shows what it’s all about. Weighing in at 2245 kg, the Aston Martin DBX is powered by the 4.0-litre V8 mill that can also be found in the DB11 Vantage, the DBX can put 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque to the ground through a nine-speed torque automatic transmission.
This gearbox is mated to an all-wheel drive system that includes an active central differential and an electronic rear limited-slip differential (eDiff).
Thanks to this complex powertrain, the Aston Martin DBX can jump from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.
Dynamically, the DBX should be interesting from a chassis point of view. Specifically thanks to the 48-volt eARC anti-roll system that can provide over 1000 lb-ft of anti-roll force per axle. The system has been designed to keep the DBX steady during spirited drives. An adaptive air suspension combined with the eARC also aims to provide a plush ride for all five occupants in normal driving conditions.
Behind these occupants, 632 litres of cargo space can load whatever needs to be brought to destination. The 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats can considerably boost this capacity.
The Aston Martin DBX is available for purchase now, with the first units coming out of the plant in the second quarter of 2020. Canadian pricing should hover around $250,000.