November 20, 2019, Beijing, China – Aston Martin has launched its first sports utility vehicle (SUV) – DBX in Beijing, China.
The development of DBX started in 2015, and it was last year, the development programme began their physical testing in Wales.
“I can’t emphasis 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 signaling 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,” said Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive officer Dr. Andy Palmer in a statement.
The DBX was set to built in Aston Martin’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in St Athan, Wales, with a new dedicated SUV platform utilising bonded aluminium, a construction method the company has refined through the development of its sport car. It makes the body structure very light and incredibly stiff, which contributed to the kerbweight of 2,245 kg. The new platform also enabled DBX to achieve exceptional dynamics both on and off-road.
Powering the DBX is the 4-litre twin turbocharge V8 engine, similar to the one available on the DB11 and Vantage. It is hooked on the nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, allied to an all-wheel drive system with active differentials, featuring an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential (eDiff).
DBX generates an output of 542 hp and 700 Nm of torque. It can sprint from zero to 100kph in 4.5 seconds and the top speed is rated at 291 kph.
Some of the five-seater SUV key features include the adaptive triple volume air suspension, 48v electric anti-roll control system, electronic adaptive dampers, a 632 litres of boot space, active safety system, handcrafted interior, glass panoramic roof, frameless doors, sports car seats, leather upholstery, metal,glass and wood trims, 10.25-inch TFT screen at the centre console, 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, 360-degree camera system, 64 colours ambient lighting, signature DB grille, daytime running lights, among others.
The recommended retail price for the DBX is priced at £158,000 (including a 3 years servicing) in the UK, €193,500 in Germany and $189,900 in USA. The first deliveries is scheduled to begin in second quarter of 2020.
Further adding to the disirability of the DBX, the first 500 owners of this landmark model will benefit from an exclusive ‘1913 Package’. Fitted with a unique fender badge, sill plaques and an inspection plaque detailing its limited build-run. Each of these first examples will be personally endorsed and inspected by Andy Palmer.
In addition, each customer will also receive a unique build-book signed by both Aston Martin’s chief executive officer and chief creative officer Marek Reichman, as well as an invitation to a regionally hosted Waldorf Astoria celebration cocktail party, hosted by a member of the Aston Martin Lagonda executive team.
“DBX will give many people their first experience of Aston Martin ownership. As such it needed to be true to the core values established in our sports cars, while also providing the lifestyle versatility expected of a luxury SUV.
“To have produced such a beautiful, hand built, yet technologically advanced car is a proud moment for Aston Martin,” said Palmer.