2020 Aston Martin DBX: Looks, Engines And Everything Else We Know About The SUV

Cast your minds back to the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Under starry lights, Aston Martin revealed an all-wheel drive concept car with the revered Lagonda moniker, and no, it wasn’t a sedan, but a rather ungainly-looking crossover. Whilst the concept never made it to production, the crossover seed had been planted at Aston Martin.

Fast forward to today, and the British manufacturer has been putting the finishing touches on its first crossover model – called the DBX, for now, though, the company recently trademarked the Varekai name as well. Will it look as polarizing as its conceptual forebearer? Let’s take an illustrated preview.

Rugged, Yet Sensual

There’s no doubt about it, the look of this thing will split opinions among from Aston purists. But remember, Porsche had the same dilemma upon the launch of the Cayenne – and now it’s printing money.

Aston Martin’s 2009 Lagonda SUV Concept

Frontal styling is dominated by Aston’s signature grille; similar in shape to that found on the latest Vantage, it looks ready to hoover pedestrians up with a Dolmio grin. Slim headlights, pumped fenders and bulging hood complete the aggressive looks.

Viewing it from the side reveals deeply sculptured door panels and a chiseled shoulder line. The glasshouse is rather upright and airy compared to its two-door siblings. Muscular rear haunches, elegant led taillights and dual exhausts compliment the rear look.

Pulling Power Courtesy Of AMG

At launch, expect the AMG-sourced, twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 as found under the hood of the Vantage and DB11. This engine pumps out a staunch 503 hp and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque coupled with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. At a later date, Aston’s twin-turbo V-12 will also be offered too.

Entry-level variants could use six-cylinder units from Mercedes-Benz, coupled with a 48-volt, mild hybrid system. A fully electric model may also come on stream with a new electric drive system.

Under The Curves

Power will be put to the terrain via a rear-biased, all-wheel drive system. Coupled with air suspension and active roll mitigation, the DBX should be able traverse over a variety of terrain without raising a sweat (although don’t expect this to be a trail-rated Jeep rival).

There has been much conjecture around what platform it will use, as some sources say Mercedes underpinnings, but it’s more likely to be a new architecture utilizing bonded aluminum.

Rivals & Reveal

Aston’s foray into the luxury SUV market will see it compete against Maserati’s Levante, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari Purosange, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Jaguar F-Pace and Lamborghini Urus.

Expect an official reveal in 2019 with sales starting in Europe later the same year and from early 2020 in North America.

What do you think of Aston Matin’s crossover ambitions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes


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  • Bo Hanan

    It should have been a Lagonda. I’d love to see the resurgence of the Lagonda brand.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Lagonda is coming back as an EV-only luxury brand.

    • Smith

      It is certainly ugly enough to be a Laguna, when you see what they have done to that brand.

  • charlotteharry57

    And yet another unneeded SUV…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Agreed. I do not get this at all.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      Obviously it IS needed. That is why they are making it. You might not need it, but the company does.

  • Adilos Nave

    I know the red trim around the grill is a tradition for Aston Martin (unclear what the connection is though. Racing?) With that said, it still looks terrible. Remove the red trim and this has potential.

    • Matt

      Yes the red trim is a nod to Aston’s racing livery from the 1960’s and on the car you mention it’s part of the camouflage. So whether it looks good or not is irrelevant because it’s ultimately designed to disguise the car.

  • Matt M

    I think it looks good at the front. Work needs to take place on the rear, but overall, a rather interesting package Aston has put together

  • Six_Tymes

    I still like the 2009 concept head light design and lower left and right fog lamp housing best

  • Kenton Mann
    • Finkployd

      wtf is this supposed to be? 🤮🤮

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        A jacked up AMC Pacer by the looks of it lol

    • MarketAndChurch

      Honestly it looks too small, like the size of the Macan. I think it’ll have it’s best chance at success if it is the size of the Range Rover, Bentayga, and Cullinan.

  • Jason Gordon

    That video made me think it would be quite cool to see Aston enter the WRC

    • Smith

      With their entry in DTM (ha ha, what a joke) and their entry in Le Mans with a Red Bull Valkyrie and their development of an F1 engine, I think WRC is stretching it a little, although that is Prodrive’s area of expertise.

  • Brent Morrison

    It still looks like a next-generation Ford Escape.

    • J. P.

      It’s more coupé-ish looking

    • Smith

      Yes, my thoughts exactly.

  • Enter Ranting

    Welp, that’s the end of Aston’s styling superiority. It was good while it lasted…

  • Smith

    It is a shame that an Aston Martin can look so much like a Ford. That front grille would work perfect with a blue oval on it. Looks exactly like a CUV version of a Ford Focus or Fusion. Identical!

  • Nordschleife

    By your render it looks a little soft overall and a Fusion in the front. Hopefully they will add a little more aggression to it upon release but I feel like to took what you saw and made a fairly accurate render.

  • Carman

    Oh, I thought it’s the new Ford Fiesta.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Focus groups rejected other names such as La Nouba, Luzia, Ka, Mystere, and Zumanity.

  • Philip Buxton

    Really disappointed, love Aston Martins but this is too plain It’s certainly no lamborghini urus

  • Elmediterraneo

    How Aston Martin will sell sell nearly at 200K $/€/£ an SUV with :
    – if that’s the only engine available, the 510 hp engine of a GLC 63 (which is at the lower class performance-SUV)
    – the electronics and infotainment of a 2014 C-class.
    – Aston Martin’s GT platform with a transaxle gearbox at rear axle which makes lose some space at the back seats and the cargo area.
    Meanwhile in Germany, BMW and Mercedes are coming after the Lamborghini Urus with the 625 hp X6 M and the 640 hp AMG GLE 63 S fully packed with their latest generation technologies.

  • TheDatanator

    First thing I thought of was Ford Fusion when I saw that nose.

  • Mitt Zombie

    Funny that Ford copied the Aston grill and now everyone complains that this looks too much like Ford.

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