Aston Martin DBX SUV goes testing

Aston Martin DBX prototype

Aston Martin has treated fans to a first look at its upcoming SUV, showing off a prototype model that is now set to be put through its paces. However, while the Lagonda SUV is expected to receive all-electric power, it's unlikely that Aston Martin will offer an EV version of the DBX. One that has begun in Wales, as a nod to Aston Martins' new St Athan production facility in the Vale of Glamorgan. The sports-car maker expects the DBX, which will go on sale in 2020, to become its top-selling model and its success is crucial to Aston's global expansion plans.

The auto has already undergone simulation testing, but the first prototype drive in Wales marks the beginning of so-called "real world" testing.

"The unique nature of DBX in the Aston Martin range means it requires a dedicated test programme", the company says, hence the Welsh Rally setting in these photos.

It's the front and rear styling of the new DBX SUV that most clearly showcases the familiar and legendary Aston look, complete with the iconic grille shape and aggressive forward slant across its face. "As such, it is very much the start of a bold new era in the company's long history", he added.

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Later stages of the DBX's development will take numerous test mules to the Arctic Circle, middle-eastern deserts and, naturally, the Nurburgring via an autobahn or two.

"One could argue that making an SUV more handsome is not a very high bar, but our auto is thing of beauty", Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Automotive News Europe in a recent interview.

"We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available".

"As an engineer, it's genuinely exciting to get a feel for the vehicle you're working to create", he continued. As reported previously, the DBX will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2019, where it will compete against other premium SUVs from Porsche, Maserati and others.

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