Aston Martin DBX Enters Pre-Production Ahead Of Launch Later This Year

Aston Martin’s St Athan plant in Wales has kicked off pre-production of the DBX crossover.

Announced in early 2016, the British brand’s second facility (after Gaydon in Warwickshire) is located on a former Ministry of Defense site that has been modernized and employees 200 people, who will soon be joined by 550 more, along with roughly 3,000 across the supply chain and local businesses.

“This is an exciting time for Aston Martin Lagonda. Our second luxury manufacturing facility is now producing cars and is ready to go into full production in H1, 2020”, said CEO Andy Palmer. “Our facilities and manufacturing teams, led by VP and Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer Keith Stanton, have done an outstanding job in getting the factory ready almost a year before full production starts, on time and on budget.”

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The St Athan plant will be the sole plant were the DBX will be made. It’s also Lagonda’s ‘Home of Electrification’, as well as its manufacturing home.

Set to be unveiled at the end of the year, the brand’s first ever SUV commenced real-world testing in 2018. So far, it has been tested in different environments all over the globe, from the Arctic Circle’s sub-zero temperatures to the demanding Nurburgring Nordschleife racetrack.

Currently in its final stages of development, the DBX is expected to offer proper on- and off-road performance. It will be powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 made by Mercedes-AMG, which will put out 510 PS (503 hp / 375 kW) and 685 Nm (505 lb-ft) of torque – essentially the same unit used in the Vantage. It’s also expected to get a V12 and a hybrid powertrain later on, which will help it solidify its position in the segment that includes vehicles such as the Porsche Cayenne.

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  • Bart

    I don’t mind super-SUV-s, but it appears that there’s nothing super about DBX, except for the price. I want the companies to go wild in this segment. Come on, do something outrageous, not just Audi (looking at you, Urus!) or Mercedes with more expensive badge!

    Maybe Ferrari will.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Ferrari will look like a crossover between something like this and an FF.
      And will be POWERFUL

  • Andrewthecarguy

    This will be the Levante’s saving grace.
    The X6 was questionable until Mercedes built one. Now Porsche with the Cayenne Coupe.
    This overall shape is not attractive to me, however these companies seem to have no problems selling them.

  • TheBelltower

    The overall shape appears to be very conventional and unoriginal. It seems that when we are talking about such large vehicles, there would be more opportunity to be unique.

  • GregRichards84

    It looks dreadful and reminds me of the new Ford Puma SUV that is coming out.

  • Amr Magdy

    Oh my God this is awful….the new headlights look even worse than the older prototype…. and the taillights are straight out of the vantage … and I am sure the interior is equally bad …. they should hire new designers.

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s a fat bottom-feeder created by the marketing department for douchebags.

    • Matt

      Say whattt? It’ll be AM’s best-selling model and allow them the funds to build better GTs. Marketing department had no say in this, its financial suicide to not build one.

      • Enter Ranting

        I’m just so tired of brands watering themselves down with SUVs and crossovers for posers. Porsche did it with the Cayenne, and it allowed them to build – a sedan? And another CUV? Aston is doing just fine building GTs without being next to last to jump into the SUV swamp. It would be nice to see just a single car company stand up and say NO, we will not build SUVs like everyone else. And yes, marketing is a part of product planning. Aston knows who they’re marketing this vehicle to. It’s the Silicon Valley/Beverly Hills set.

        • Cobrajet

          Porsche did it because they can for the fun of it, not because they should. It still took more than 10 years until this turned into a virus and others have followed. But if they are doing this, at least they shouldn’t be priced lower than their rest of the model range, otherwise these SUVs are a trojan horse for making an “entry-level” car.

  • john1168

    I gotta say, when I saw this at first, I thought it was some new economy CUV. So far it doesn’t look that great….

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