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15 Nov 2018

“What?! An Aston Martin SUV?!?! What is happening to the world?!?! Oh why oh why oh why etc etc” – the words resonating across thousands of Aston Martin Owner’s Club forums around the world as soon as Aston announced they were going to be building an SUV in 2015. But, frankly, those people need to wind their necks in and get with the program. Because the fact is, no matter how distressing, that it’s 2018 and the luxury performance SUV is the car of the moment and it’s here to stay for the short term at least.

You see Porsche started it all with the Cayenne – a sports car brand bringing out an SUV was unheard of, but it was a huge success for Porsche and enabled them to keep making GT models and brought huge profits. Since then we now have a Bentley SUV, a Maserati SUV, a Lamborghini SUV, a Rolls Royce SUV and a Ferrari SUV is on the way, so whether you like them or not they’re here.

So this week Aston Martin has released the first images of their new SUV and confirmed the name will be DBX just as it was on the 2015 prototype – thankfully not one of the names that was rumoured (Varekai?!). And these images finally put to rest some of the other rumours that have been floating around since the concept was shown.

First up we can see that unlike the concept, the production DBX will be a 5-door car – though how anyone thought it would be a 3dr in this day and age I don’t know. Then by looking at the overall body shape it looks like it will have a low, very sporty look to it much like the Maserati Levante as opposed to the boxy upright look of the Bentayga and Cullinan. Unfortunately, other than the long bonnet and general body shape this is about all we can really tell – this prototype is wearing a lot of disguise, Vantage headlights that won’t make production and a completely disguised rear end with what looks like a fake ducktail style spoiler and randomly placed rear lights. We can assume that the nose is at least representative with the large traditional Aston shape grille, though again the details are all hidden.

As for what is going to power the DBX, we are led to believe that it will be launched with the AMG-sourced twin turbo V8 seen in the Vantage, with a V12 version to be launched shortly after, if not at the same time. A Hybrid version will be added later too – essential to bringing Aston’s CO2 average down.

Price? Who knows, the V8 is estimated to be around £130,000 which puts it in above the Levante and Cayenne Turbo, but below the Bentayga and Urus (and way below the Rolls and Ferrari). We look forward to seeing it when it is eventually revealed in production form in mid-2019.

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