Aston Martin has brought a DBX prototype at Goodwood for its dynamic debut, filling the ears of spectactors with its angry V8 sound during its run up the hill.
The upcoming SUV is going to be the company’s first model to be based on a brand new architecture. A future version of the same underpinnings will be used in the electric Lagonda models, with the DBX to stick to petrol and, eventually, hybrid powertrains.
Aston’s first SUV is set to be fully revealed later this year, with sales to start in the first half of 2020. The DBX will be manufactured at the company’s new St. Athan factory, which will also build the electric Lagonda models.
Thanks to Aston’s collaboration with Daimler, the DBX will “borrow” its electrical architecture from Mercedes and its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 from AMG. Although the company hasn’t revealed any specs yet, expect the power output to be close to 503 HP, which is what the DB11, with the same engine, delivers.
The all-wheel drive system is expected to sent more torque to the rear axle, ensuring this way that the DBX will offer excellent dynamic handling combined with impressive (for its character) off-road abilities. In fact, the British manufacturer was keen on sharing many shots of camouflaged test cars being driven in challenging conditions, so this crossover won’t be afraid to veer off tarmac.
When it goes on sale, the DBX is set to compete with a host of rivals: the V8-powered version will probably do battle with more expensive Range Rovers and the Porsche Cayenne, while future V12 and hybrid variants will take the fight to the more exclusive club that includes the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga.