The Stunning 2020 Aston Martin DBX Is A Sexy Utility Vehicle With 542 HP

After months of development and teasing, the long-awaited 2020 Aston Martin DBX has landed with the official images showing the luxury performance crossover in full.

Back in September, Aston Martin confirmed what engine would power its SUV. This engine takes the shape of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter AMG V8 delivering 542 hp and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque and is the same basic unit as used by the Vantage and DB11 V8. It does have more grunt than either of those two models, however. The sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) is dealt with in 4.5 seconds and the SUV will continue through to a 181 mph (291 km/h) top speed.

Paired to the engine is a nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission working with an all-wheel drive system with active differentials including an active central differential and a rear limited-slip differential that shuffles torque between the wheels.

As these official photos show, the DBX is quite a sleek looking thing. Up front, it is clearly identifiable as one of the British marque’s models thanks to the presence of a gaping wide grille and oval-shaped headlights. There are also a pair of rectangular LED daytime running lights with curved corners.

The Aston Martin DBX featured in these images is painted red but the lower portion of the body, including rear diffuser, front bumper, and side skirts are all finished in black, helping to exaggerate the vehicle’s ride height.

Also Read: Aston Martin DBX SUV Reveals Interior, U.S. Pricing Starts At $189,900

At the rear, the marque’s designers took a lot of inspiration from the Vantage with LED taillights neatly incorporated together through a light-bar stretching the width of the rear. There is also a prominent ducktail spoiler at the rear as well as a secondary spoiler stretching out from the roof.

Inside, it’s clear that Aston Martin was keen to make the DBX a very special place to spend time. Directly in front of the driver sits a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather and complete with shifter paddles. Elsewhere is a digital instrument cluster measuring 12.3-inches while a large 10.25-inch touchscreen used for the infotainment system dominates much of the dashboard. It supports Apple CarPlay as standard. Located directly above this screen are a number of buttons while found below are the various controls for the air conditioning and heating systems. Found in the center console appears to be a mouse where occupants can engage with the infotainment system. Located on either side of this control is a host of buttons.

Another interesting aspect of the DBX’s interior is the floating or “bridged” center console that adds to the spacious feeling of the SUV. There is also a panoramic glass roof, premium leather across most surfaces, and lovely Alcantara upholstery.

All up, the Aston Martin DBX weighs 2,245 kg (4,949 lbs) and comes standard with adaptive triple volume air suspension using a 48-volt electric anti-roll control system and electronic adaptive dampers. What this means is that the DBX’s ride height can be increased by 45 mm (1.7-inches) or lowered by 50 mm (1.9-inches) depending on the terrain.

Speaking of the car, Andy Martin chief executive Andy Palmer said “DBX is a car that will give many people their first experience of Aston Martin ownership. As such it needed to be true to the core values established in our sports cars, while also providing the lifestyle versatility expected of a luxury SUV. To have produced such a beautiful, hand built, yet technologically advanced car is a proud moment for Aston Martin.”

Those in the U.S. looking to pick up an Aston Martin DBX will be able to do so from $189,900 while prices in the UK start at £158,000 and in Germany start from €193,500. We’ll update this post as soon as we find out more.

 

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