Aston Martin DBX 'most important car' in brand's history
The first-ever Aston Martin crossover, the upcoming DBX, is shaping as a make-or-break vehicle for the British brand.
The Aston Martin DBX SUV could be the most important car the British sports car firm will ever launch. The company’s future rests on the success of Fortunately, first impressions from the launch event in Los Angeles are strong. Aston Martin appears to have hit the bullseye with the 2020 DBX .
Aston Martin 's new factory in Wales has started churning out preproduction prototypes of the brand's upcoming DBX SUV , and a new set of images New Aston Martin DBX SUV Details Revealed by Preproduction Prototype. A new set of images gives us our best look yet at Aston Martin 's upcoming
A plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 called the Toyota RAV4 Prime will join the range next year, the brand has confirmed. Launched at the LA Motor Show, the RAV4 Prime will have 302bhp and a longer electric-only range than many PHEVs. It’ll rival cars like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 and the upcoming Ford Kuga PHEV when it reaches our shores in the second half of 2020. A price will be confirmed closer to the car going on sale.
The plug-in Prime model will use the same 2.5-litre petrol engine as the standard RAV4 hybrid, but with a more powerful electric motor and a bigger battery. Toyota is targeting a battery-only range of 37 miles and official CO2 emissions of 30g/km, which would be class-leading. The company is yet to reveal quoted fuel economy figures.
Billionaire poised to launch bid for major Aston Martin stake
Autocar understands Lawrence Stroll, father of F1 racer Lance, is heading consortium looking to take a major shareholding in British sports car firmStroll, father of Formula 1 driver Lance and owner of the Racing Point F1 team, is estimated to be worth in excess of £2 billion, having made his money investing and building up brands including Pierre Cardin, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Asprey and Garrard.
Our first SUV , DBX , is a new kind of Aston Martin , one founded on the principles of beauty, luxury and driving dynamics. Ready to go anywhere, it’s powered by the spirit of adventure. Built on brand- new architecture, DBX is designed to carry occupants in true Aston Martin style. Brimming with the latest
A new set of images gives us our best look yet at Aston Martin 's upcoming crossover.
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Combining the electric motor and petrol engine results in a total output of 302bhp, which is roughly the same amount of power as the performance-focused Volkswagen T-Roc R. As a result, acceleration is similarly impressive, with the RAV4 Prime reaching 62mph in 6.2 seconds. Aside from the Toyota Supra, no other car in Toyota’s current UK line-up is as fast off the line.
The RAV4 plug-in hybrid gets Toyota’s electric four-wheel-drive system, which places a motor on each axle to power both sets of wheels. Regenerative braking is fitted to scoop up the energy lost in braking, and you can control the level of harvesting using two paddles behind the steering wheel. You won’t be able to drive using just the accelerator like you can in some fully electric cars, but the car’s electric range can be topped up while you’re driving.
Aston Martin opens 'pivotal' St Athan factory
New Welsh factory will build the British firm's vital DBX luxury SUVThe facility, which occupies three converted ‘super-hangers’ that were formerly part of the Ministry of Defence St Athan site, will be the sole global production site for the firm’s vital new luxury SUV. The plant was opened by Palmer and Mark Drakeford AM, the Welsh First Minister.
Aston Martin 's first SUV , the DBX , will have a starting price of 2,086. An image of the interior confirms that this new model use Aston 's family Aston is determined to build hype for the launch of its first SUV , but ahead of the formal unveiling of the DBX in China later this month, the company has
Aston Martin 's lists of options for the new DBX SUV are nearly limitless, but we dove into the company's configurator to build our own version. Aston already has a configurator up for the DBX and navigating it is nearly as challenging as earning enough money to actually buy one.
To complement its powerful performance, the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid comes with sportier styling elements, including 18-inch alloy wheels, black trim, a new grille mesh design and a subtly tweaked bodykit.
We’re yet to see UK specs, but cars destined for the American market will get power-adjustable and heated front seats, some leather upholstery and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
US cars also get lots of hi-tech safety equipment, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, a pre-collision system and high-beam assistance.
Read our review of the Toyota RAV4 for more information, or see where it features on our list of best medium-size and family SUVs.
Aston Martin shelves production plans for Rapide E electric saloon .
Rapide E will now become an electrification research project as limited production plans are axed, Autocar understandsFirst revealed in 2015 as a concept and confirmed for production in 2017, Aston had essentially finished the car’s development by the time it made its dynamic debut at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was planned to make limited production at the end of last year, with 155 examples mooted at an undisclosed price.