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PROS

  • Most usable Aston Martin to date
  • Can be used to tow things in style
  • Should be a good-looking thing

CONS

  • Won't please Aston Martin purists
  • Likely to be quite expensive
  • Will any DBX ever go off-road?

PROS

  • Most usable Aston Martin to date
  • Can be used to tow things in style
  • Should be a good-looking thing

CONS

  • Won't please Aston Martin purists
  • Likely to be quite expensive
  • Will any DBX ever go off-road?

With the DBX, Aston Martin joins the growing list of luxury sports car makers moving into the profitable SUV market, alongside the Lamborghini Urus, Rolls Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga, Maserati Levante and Porsche Cayenne.

First seen as a concept in 2015, we now have official pictures of the first prototype being tested in Wales, where the production car will eventually be produced.

Given Aston Martin’s history of strictly road-going cars, the new SUV represents a tentative first step into more adventurous terrain, hence the importance of this early test.

What do we know about the Aston Martin DBX?

Very little so far, other than the name, which follows the British marque’s DB standard. Although this time followed by a letter and not a number, as with the DBS grand tourer.

Aston Martin DBX side

The other major difference between this car and the 2015 concept are the number of doors – note the additional rear doors on the prototype, while the show car had just two.

We expect to see the full production model in late 2019 before cars go on sale in 2020.

Why is it being driven around a Welsh rally stage?

Presumably to get a good benchmark on its off-road performance - although we suspect the production car will spend most of its time on tarmac.

Aston Martin DBX front

That said, the maker claims the new car will be fit for its multi-purpose role, in terms of all-terrain and towing ability.

Aston Martin plans to base the DBX’s real world testing in some typically harsh environments, such as the frozen Arctic, boiling hot deserts of the Middle East, high-altitude Alpine passes, plus the German autobahn. And, of course, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Where will the DBX be built?

At the new St Athan facility in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, which will later become the ‘Home of Electrification’ for Aston Martin’s fully-electric models.

Aston Martin DBX top

Those will be part of the relaunched Lagonda brand, set for 2021, which promises to be the world’s first luxury electric vehicle company.

Electric models will join the firm’s more conventionally powered DB11, Rapide S, DBS Superleggera, Vantage and Vanquish Zagato.