LA Auto Show 2019
Aston Martin launches new high-performance DBX, an SUV with the soul of a sports car
Aston Martin has finally pulled the cover off its much-anticipated SUV, the DBX, following the development pattern other super luxury automakers like Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce. The DBX is chocked full of distinctive Aston Martin flare from the interior materials choices to the exterior design execution.
"I can't emphasize enough how incredibly exciting and significant DBX is for Aston Martin," said Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer. "Through its development alone, this beautiful SUV has already taken the company into new territories and in inspiring directions."
The SUV isn't just pretty; it's pretty capable.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda
Before you start in on how it looks like a Ford Escape, it's important to note that the DBX doesn't photograph nearly as good as it looks in person. In-person you can see the nuanced sculptural elements of the SUV's nose that give the upper lip a curled leading edge and aggressive yet nuanced fender flares.
At the back, the rear of the SUV has a unique trunk design that gives the model hips. When emphasized with illuminated taillights, the look is both unique and fashionable.
Frameless door glass and a panoramic roof add to the elegance of the SUV's design.
The supple leather Aston Martin usually fills its cars with carries over into the new model.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda
The clean sheet design uses bonded aluminum and a new Aston Martin platform to create the SUV, which has a curb weight just under 5,000 pounds. The structure allows the cabin to be roomy, with class-leading interior space.
The DBX is Aston Martin's first five-seater. It boasts class-leading headroom and legroom. Five adults fit in the SUV with enough rear legroom for taller individuals to feel comfortable even with the front seats all the way back. Seats are outfitted in full-grain leather while the headliner is available in Alcantara leather.
The car is squat in its stance, the same way other crossovers are.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda
The luxury automaker has given the car a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that turns out 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paried with a nine-speed automatic transmission and comes with a rear limited slip differential. The DBX can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 181 mph.
Aston Martin boasts that the model will have around 20-inches of water fording ability and enough off-road prowess to satisfy most customers.
Aston Martin has evolved its center console in the new model but it still feels very dated compared to what you'll find in mainstream SUVs. However, it is competitive with other super luxury automaker offerings. In the center is a 10.25-inch infotainment screen while a 12.3-inch screen sits in front of the driver.
Aston Martin has given the vehicle high-quality appointments.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda
Apple CarPlay, a 360-degree camera system, and 64-color ambient lighting in two zones come standard.
A number of accessory packages are available to enhance the DBX.
U.S. buyers can get their DBX for $189,900. Enhancements and customization is extra. Orders are currently being accepted and the first delivers will begin in the second quarter of 2020.
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