Aston Martin Gets To Work On The DBX Crossover

It’s been over three and a half years now since since Aston Martin revealed the DBX concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, previewing its first crossover. Now the British automaker has released a video and a batch of photos of a prototype testing on gravel.

Contrary to earlier reports, Aston has confirmed that the production model will indeed carry the name DBX, with the first two letters connecting it in to the line of sports cars that stretches back to the David Brown era, and the X designating it as a crossover. But as expected, it’s adopted a more conventional greenhouse shape, with five doors instead of the concept‘s three.

While the prototype shown in these images and video clip is still all wrapped up in trompe-l’œil camouflage, it’s obvious that it bears similarities to the brand’s latest sports cars, like the Vantage, DB11, and DBS Superleggera – just looking at the grille anyone would understand it’s an Aston.

For the first time, though, an Aston is capable of venturing off the beaten path. While Gaydon’s been testing the prototypes, as it does with all its products, at the Nürburgring, it’s also been running it off road. One of the venues are the Welsh Rally stages, in the same part of the UK where it will be manufactured at the company’s new plant at the St Athan air base.

“The DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge,” said chief engineer Matt Becker. His boss Andy Palmer added: “The 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.”

Just how Aston will position its debut crossover remains unclear: towards the Jaguar F-Pace and Maserati Levante, or further upmarket aimed at the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, and Ferrari’s upcoming entry into the market? We’ll find out sooner or later – and we’re hoping for “sooner”, as the DBX isn’t slated to enter production for another year or so.

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  • charlotteharry57

    Totally unnecessary. Based on my reads on other sites, we may have reached the point where NO ONE could care about yet another CUV/SUV. Good riddance. Lets hope ridiculously overpriced pickups are the next to reach the boredom point.

    • lagunas3ca

      Whatever sites you are getting this info from are completely wrong.

  • liams92

    Odds on this being James Bond’s next car anyone?

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m going to be sorely upset if this SUV (just like the new Vantage) does not have the classic ‘Aston Martin’ styled grill found on all prior Aston Martin models & the most recent DB11. I see many similarities between this new SUV (DBX) and the Vantage (as they share the same headlamps), seeming less like a production version of the concept we saw, and rather a completely different vehicle (much like an SUV version of the Vantage). If it is, then I hope they don’t try to adopt the same tail-lights (as I already see the duck-tail fin where they might), and I really hope it does not just simply have a blacked out grille with no crossbars as the new Vantage does. If you ask me, I personally think the focus with a vehicle such as the ‘DB’X should be more so on luxury than on off-roading/sports.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/841b0a327b268f382db652f99dcff227d2741152ec1cb0af80e16289fa47fa7f.png

    To be honest, I am not sure if I like what I see right now. If this does turn out to be less of the concept we originally saw, and more like an SUV variation of the Vantage, then I sure do hope it can impress.

    • Nordschleife

      Maybe they will have a sports grille and a regular grille for those who want a more luxurious touch.

      • Mike anonymous

        I sure hope so. I wish they would offer something like that for the current (outgoing) Vantage.

  • Ilbirs

    For now, what I liked in this SUV is that it doesn’t look like a SUV but a Rapide with raised suspension.

  • erly5

    And here was me thinking that Aston Martin were going to produce something unique in this class as previewed by the DBX concept. Disappointing.

  • K X J I ⚪️

    Another SUV no one asked for.

    • TheHake

      If it keeps the brand alive…

      • Bo Hanan

        That front end will not keep passengers alive in the event of an impact.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I’m perfectly fine with more practical boot as I wasn’t much of a fan of the concept’s coupe body style. However, it should have been a 3-door vehicle à la shooting brake. That would have been much cooler and more unique in the vast sea of mediocre SUVs.

    • Matt

      Cooler but instantly at a disadvantage in the market though.

  • lagunas3ca

    Side profile of the rear looks like a bottle opener.

  • Mr. EP9

    I’m really not digging that front end at all.

  • Kash

    Reminds me of the Lagonda SUV concept from 2013… Especially the rear.

  • Nordschleife

    I was more torn about the reveal of the DB11 than the Vantage but the DB11 grew on me too. I do think we are beyond the immediate gratification of Aston Martin design but I hold high hopes for this vehicle. It’s looks very Stelvo sized which I think is too small for what this vehicle will be priced.

  • Agus Hillairet

    For me, it looks good so far, pretty good looking vehicle. Just make the rear seats that fit adults and that’s it.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It it just me who hates the rear ducktail look on SUVs?

    It drives me crazy!

    • it’s not just you, but we are not many, or not enough.

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