Production of Aston Martin’s first SUV, the DBX, has started at the firm’s new production facility in St Athan, Wales.
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For Aston Martin, the development journey of its very first SUV started in 2015 and now the DBX has finally reached the production phase with first deliveries expected at the end of July 2020.
“I’m extremely proud of the Aston Martin team who have worked so hard to transform this ex-Ministry of Defense site into a world-class car manufacturing facility, to now be producing cars, it is testament to the resilience and fortitude of everyone at Aston Martin. It is an honour to see the first DBX come off the line and my only regret is that everyone who works for this incredible brand can’t be here to witness it,””, said interim COO, Keith Stanton.
The DBX will combine fine luxury while offering scintillating performance in an SUV body, as you would expect from a high-performance luxury car brand such as Aston Martin.
Under the bonnet of the DBX is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG and tuned to deliver 405 kW and 700 Nm of torque with power directed to all four wheels using a 9-speed automatic transmission. As you can imagine, the DBX is no slouch and zero to 100 kph will take just 4.5 seconds before thrashing on to a top speed of 291 kph.
The arrival of the Aston Martin DBX in South Africa has not yet been confirmed, however, 2021 is likely. Pricing in the UK starts at just over R3.3-million as a base indicator, it’s likely to be priced closer to R4-million when it lands in South Africa.