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17:40  20 november  2019
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Yes, Aston Martin has joined Bentley, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce in creating an ultra-luxury SUV . It's been in the works since Palmer joined the Because the DBX is so radically different than any other car Aston Martin has made, the automaker's engineers and designers were forced to find ways

The Aston Martin DBX is the company's first SUV and expected to showcase the brand's luxury and performance pedigrees to a wider audience. The DBX marks the legendary British sports -car maker's first foray into SUV territory—and its simultaneous entrance into high-end family transportation.

Pick your cliché: The ship has sailed, the train has left the station, the horse has left the barn. Yes, Aston Martin is doing an SUV. So have Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Maserati, and soon enough, Ferrari. OK, not McLaren—yet (it swears it never will, but so did Ferrari). Can we get over this already? Über-luxe and big-bucks crossovers like the 2021 Aston Martin DBX are here to stay, and based on what we've seen so far of the DBX up close and on paper, Aston won't be able to roll enough of them out of its brand spanking new factory in St. Athan, Wales, to satisfy demand.

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2021 Aston Martin DBX looks the part, likely drives it, too. After 106 years in business and after five years working on development, Aston Martin presents its first -ever SUV , the DBX . What we now know are 24 pages worth of press release detail that make this a true Aston Martin .

We get our first look at the new Aston Martin SUV . Grafting Aston Martin design cues onto a two-box SUV without the result looking too contrived was a challenge. But chief creative officer Marek Reichman's team of designers have, by and large, succeeded in making the DBX look as glamorous

"This is perhaps the most important car for us in a century insofar as it's our first venture outside of the traditional sports-car look," remarked Aston Martin's global CEO Andy Palmer at a special preview of the DBX prior to the 2019 U.S. Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

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For limited volume, high-end luxury marques like the 106-year-old Aston Martin, it's all about maintaining that aura of exclusivity, of building one fewer vehicle than demand warrants. That, and at slightly more than $190,000 to start—don't think for a minute customers will be ordering one at anywhere near that amount—the 2021 DBX already has a built in barrier to entry. Only the golden-heeled need apply.

A sizable chunk of that gold is being mined from China of course, and Aston decided to use the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition as the launching pad for the 2021 DBX as part of a larger global reveal. But despite that play to the Chinese market, it's a good bet that the U.S. is where most DBXs will roam, with deliveries for North America set to begin in the second half of next year.

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The 2021 Aston Martin DBX signals a new direction for the iconic brand as it expands its portfolio to include an SUV for the first time. But Aston goes even further for the first 500 DBX owners. The company says CEO Andy Palmer will personally inspect and endorse each example.

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After looking at the specs and hearing about its mission, the Aston Martin DBX will reside somewhere in the gray area between the likes of the über-luxury-swathed Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga and super-sport crossovers like the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. With a stated zero-to-60-mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 181 mph, it's not as fast as some and it doesn't have the highest terminal velocity, but it will hang with the best—thanks in large part to its specially tuned, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 542 horsepower. And while it will be every bit the match of the Cullinan and Bentayga from an interior materials and fit and finish perspective, it also nods quite firmly to a sporting mission befitting Aston's legacy.

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This isn't some badge-engineered, shared-platform vehicle, either. One of the most surprising things about the new Aston DBX is that it's a clean-sheet design from the ground up, which allowed the Aston engineering team more freedom to dictate how the DBX was developed. The body is put together using a bonded aluminum construction process similar to that of Aston's sports cars. The heavy use of aluminum (suspension mounts are also cast in the metal) aided in improving the DBX's overall rigidity and also helped keep the weight of the Aston crossover down to just south of 5,000 pounds all in.

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Aston Martin is finally launching its first SUV , the 2021 DBX . With 542 horsepower and a high-tech suspension system, the DBX should have the moves of a traditional Aston Martin . Engineers also spent a lot of time on the " utility " aspect of this SUV . The DBX starts at 9,900.

New Aston Martin DBX SUV Details Revealed by Preproduction Prototype. A new set of images gives us They aren't full production- spec DBXs, though—they're still camouflaged, closer-to-production Testing of the DBX began late last year, with Aston detailing how the SUV has been put through its

As for the suspension bolted to those aluminum mountings, the bones of the setup are a double wishbone, split-link front, and multilink rear design. But as you'd expect, there are multiple other systems piled on top of that in an effort to further optimize the DBX's at the limit handling, off-road ability, and around-town usability.

The all-wheel-drive DBX utilizes electronically adjustable center and rear differentials that can optimize torque delivery from front to rear (up to 100 percent rear) or side to side using an electronic limited-slip differential depending on driving mode or road condition. What Aston calls a "triple volume" air suspension can raise the car 1.77 inches or lower it by 1.97 inches to aid entry and exit as well as help improve off-road driving angles. Fun fact: The DBX can ford up to 19.7 inches of water with the suspension at its highest setting.

But Aston is proudest of is what it calls eARC, an electronically controlled anti-roll system specially developed for the 2021 DBX. Essentially a replacement for traditional, physically mounted anti-roll bars, eARC, which is powered by a separate, 48-volt battery, is designed to help tighten or loosen the suspension depending on how you want to drive. You want cornering akin to a DB11, you got it thanks to eARC in its most aggressive setting. If you're loping around town to the mall, you can dial it back and it will help smooth out the choppy pavement to get you and your passengers there comfortably.

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Aston Martin 's first SUV is a big deal for the company, and it arrives Despite Palmer's insistence that looks trump speed, we're told that prototype versions have already been lapping the Buyers coming to the DBX from any other recent Aston Martin will find the cabin familiar, at least in the front.

The 2021 Aston Martin DBX , the British automaker's first SUV , features design details that give it a look similar to the rest of the brand's lineup. The headlights and grille are instantly recognizable as an Aston Martin , while the rear styling mirrors the Vantage coupe. The DBX is powered by a 4.0-liter

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All of these systems work together to allow the driver to select from six different driving modes, including Sport and Sport+, of course, but also Terrain and Terrain+ for those times when you need a little more traction. Aston also has also added a hill-descent feature for those hearty few who may actually need it. Further aiding ride and handling are a sportier 14.4:1 steering ratio and three special Pirelli tire fitments. Summer P Zeros are standard, with Pirelli Scorpion Zero all seasons or winters available, sized 285/40 front and 325/35 rear and wrapped around 22-inch wheels.

"What we believe that we have delivered here is the best handling car in the segment, which is a tall order because there are some awesome cars out there." Palmer said. He added that DBX prototypes have been running sub-eight-minute laps of the Nürburgring.

Motivating the DBX's 5,000 pounds so all those systems can be put to use is what Aston calls a significant update of the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 featured in several of its recent offerings. Sourced from Mercedes-AMG, Aston engineers have tuned the engine specifically for DBX duty (upgraded turbos, different firing order, compression ratio), with the aforementioned 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque being fed to that nine-speed automatic transmission optimized to handle the power. (Another fun fact: The DBX can tow just south of 6,000 pounds.) Slowing the DBX down is a set of 16.1-inch front steel discs with six-piston calipers and 15.4 rears. Different active exhaust modes can change the vehicle's sound profile, and if you want even more noise, a special sport exhaust is an available option.

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Aston Martin ’s first -ever SUV , the DBX is currently undergoing real world testing with the five-door SUV set to be unveiled towards the end of 2019. Sharing a basic platform with the DB11, the luxury SUV will compete against the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga and Ferrari’s upcoming

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 red car parked on a dirt road: 2021 Aston Martin DBX front three quarter view © Automobile Magazine Staff 2021 Aston Martin DBX front three quarter view

So while all of this hardware and associated systems are duly impressive, it's the exterior styling and interior appointments that will help sell the 2021 Aston Martin DBX as much if not more so. From the front, you're not going to mistake this vehicle for anything other than an Aston Martin, thanks to an interpretation of its signature DB grille, flanked by daytime running light banks that also double as air inlets. "This is the strongest Aston Martin grille that we've produced, probably since the DB5," Palmer said, "We wanted to make sure it had an extraordinarily strong face."

Further functional details are vents in the hood and behind the front wheels, to help aid aerodynamics and cooling. Unlike the Cullinan and Bentayga, the DBX is more low slung in profile, but without any compromise in space. In fact, Aston says the DBX is bigger than the Bentley and Rolls in several key passenger (rear legroom) and cargo dimensions (54 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split rear seats down) thanks in part to its long, 120.5-inch wheelbase.

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Frameless windows lend the DBX a further open air feel, and the 22-inch rims in two options at the outset aid with the vehicle's presence and don't seem cartoonishly big. Out back, there's a significant rooftop spoiler as well as a lip spoiler reminiscent of the Aston Vantage's. Large, carbon-fiber-wrapped tailpipes frame a black diffuser piece that looks decidedly racier than elegant in presentation.

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Aston Martin has officially unveiled the DBX , the marque’s first -ever SUV in its 106 years of manufacturing that now enters a market competing Aston Martin rounds off its sporting prowess with a nine-speed automatic transmission, a set of steel brakes, and an air suspension as standard

Meet the DBX , Aston Martin 's first SUV . Overall there is a much simpler, less cluttered feeling inside the DBX compared to some of the more recent Aston interiors, and I think that comes down to the clever covering of some of the speakers and vents in perforated leather.

Open the door and you'll see a significant amount of attention was paid to making sure getting into and out of the DBX is easy and mess-free. Look up to see a giant piece of glass running the length of the roof. Grab hold of the new steering wheel, and there are new controls and behind it is a set of long paddles fixed to the steering column. The front buckets are snug and sporty, and the cockpit seat was designed to fit anyone from basketball players to shortstops. Two TFT screens, a 12.3-inch instrument panel and 10.25-inch center-stack screen, display all the relevant information (electronics were provided by Daimler and optimized for use with the DBX). Engaging the DBX is done via buttons at the top of the center dash area, similar in scope to other contemporary Astons.

Given its price point, it should be no surprise that all manner of high end interior materials come standard and available for the Aston DBX, including Caithness full-grain leather supplied by Aston's long time supplier Bridge of Weir, carbon fiber, metal, and wood trim accents depending on spec, and Aston's new, special wool blend material is an available option. Every DBX will be handcrafted with some 200 hours of work stitching and fitting it all together, and should you want more personal touches, Q by Aston Martin is on call to oblige. "You can dress the car as if it were a Savile Row suit," Palmer said of the personalization options.

Other standard and available kit includes Apple CarPlay, an 800-watt sound system, a surround-view camera, and a host of active safety systems including lane departure, automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert. Oh, and you can add on all sorts of wild options from a gun-rack setup to a special luggage set to a ski package.

Add it all up and from what we can make of it thus far without yet driving it, the 2021 Aston Martin DBX should give the golden-heeled masses more than a bit of pause before choosing another monstrously expensive SUV. Yes, Aston went there, and if it means profits generated by the DBX deliver more sports cars, we can certainly live with that.

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2021 Aston Martin DBX Specifications
ON SALESummer 2020
BASE PRICE$192,986
ENGINE4.0L twin-turbo, 32 valve DOHC V-8/542 hp @ 6,250 rpm, 516 lb-ft @ 1,750-4,250 rpm (@ rpm est)
TRANSMISSION9-speed automatic
LAYOUT4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV
EPA MILEAGE17/23 mpg (city/hwy) (est)
L x W x H198.4 x 87.4 x 66.1 in
WEIGHT4,940 lb
0-60 MPH4.3 sec
TOP SPEED181 mph

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