Aston Martin DBX Interior Spied, Shows Lots Of Mercedes Parts

Aston Martin has been teasing the DBX crossover for quite some time, but now we’re getting our first glimpse of the interior.

While it’s far from production ready, the cabin could easily be mistaken for something made by Mercedes. This, of course, isn’t a coincidence, as the two companies have forged a strategic partnership and this has paved the way for Aston Martin to use Mercedes-sourced engines and technologies.

Getting back to the prototype, we can see that the DBX has been outfitted with a Mercedes-sourced steering wheel which has conveniently had its airbag and star emblem removed. It sits ahead of a massive digital instrument cluster, but it remains unclear if that particular display will indeed make it to the production model.

The center stack houses a hodgepodge of parts, including a number of Mercedes-sourced components such as the switchgear and infotainment system. We can also see two square air vents which appear similar to those used on the new Vantage.

While the prototype certainly has a Mercedes vibe, Aston Martin fans shouldn’t worry too much. Other models also use Mercedes-sourced parts and technology, but it’s mostly away hidden out of sight – and those that are not don’t distract from the cabin’s unique ambience.

The exterior pictures don’t show anything we haven’t seen before; the upcoming crossover will have traditional Aston Martin styling cues including a familiar grille and flush-mounted door handles, as well as a curvaceous bodywork, distinctive tailgate with an integrated spoiler, a sloping roofline and dual exhausts.

The DBX will be unveiled later this year and it is expected to be powered by a Mercedes-sourced, and Aston-tuned, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces around 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS) and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque. It will most likely be coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien and CarPix for Carscoops

  • Jason Panamera

    I wonder if ,,Hey Mercedes” gonna work.

    • Toss

      Why not? It’s working even in BMW.

      • Jason Panamera

        And the easter egg in DBX will be like:
        – Hey Mercedes, tell me a joke
        – Aston Martin reliability
        – *ba dum tss*

    • Belthronding

      LOL. Hopefully not.

    • Nordschleife

      In all seriousness no because it is the last generation of the system.

    • Finkployd

      « Oi Aston Martin ! »

  • Belthronding

    if is that true,then this ‘supposedly’ aston martin smells way to much mercedes.
    i have no problem with mercedes but astons should be sharply differentiated on the paper & road

  • Bash

    The interior looks good, putting aside the (Aston-Merc discussion), but when that discussion is on, i don’t know what to say, I mean if we didnt see the car or read the articles, one can easily say its a Merc. as other said before me, there should be more clear differences.

  • Jason Panamera

    What does DBX stand for ? Da Benz eXperience.

    • Mike anonymous

      X is a cross , short for crossover.

  • Eagle By Singer

    Hell yeah! Now the passenger can use a keyboard!

  • lagunas3ca

    Everything looks good except for that horrendous interpretation of the Kamm tail. Should at least extend over the tail lights like a proper DB.

    • Enter Ranting

      A proper DB wouldn’t be an SUV to begin with.

  • дапвт

    With that interior, might as well get a GLE 63 AMG for less money and probably same performance.

  • PK

    well yeah since mercedes benz owns partly of aston martin.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    That fob

  • Kash

    I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t wind up on a Merc platform, that to me makes sense, so if it is riding on one then the parts in the car right now also make perfect sense, since they’re still pretty early into the actual testing. They got the body work done and on, which is a fairly important thing since it becomes so recognizable as the DBX so it generates a ton of publicity, I mean they slapped Pirelli and Tag Heuer logos on this mule and you know they didn’t do that for free. They were probably testing the platform and general mechanicals months ago, but did like Rivian and hid it under another manufacturer’s vehicle body, probably Merc’s and it was probably hidden within the ranks of GLE mules we saw so much of and just never realized it.

    I highly doubt most of these interior pieces will make it to the final version other than maybe a Merc touchpad like the Vantage has, the seat controls this is using right now, and maybe the infotainment screen, but other than that they’ll throw in their own steering wheel, maybe even the digital cluster out of the Vantage and do everything else up in their own way. iirc the DBS had a similar amount of interior bits from merc in early testing and look at it now.

    • Nordschleife

      You are right I forgot about how much interior bits the Vantage had in testing.

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