Aston Martin DBX Revealed with 404 kW


Aston Martin’s first-ever SUV has broken cover and it looks mighty fine. This is the DBX!

Aston Martin has buckled to the SUV trend and created its first high-riding model, the DBX. If the global success of models such as the Porche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus is anything to go by, Aston Martin should turn a fair penny for its efforts. 

The DBX is a pretty luxury performance SUV that will be built at Aston Martin’s new purpose-built facility in St Athan, Wales. The DBX will be built on the brand’s new SUV platform and will utilise a bonded aluminium construction with a structure that is both extremely light but also notably stiff to ensure maximum performance ability.  

Engine Power

The DBX has been built from the ground up as a performance SUV and is expected to deliver in that regard. 

The DBX is powered by a Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that's been uprated with new turbos, a different compression ratio and updated charge coolers. To produce outputs of 404 kW and 700 Nm of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission directs those numbers to all 4 wheels effectively with both an active central differential and an electronic limited-slip differential at the rear. An active exhaust system delivers aural pleasure and Aston Martin claims that the DBX will sprint from zero to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 291 kph. 

The driver can engage driving modes such as Sport and Sport+ for enthusiastic on-road driving or Terrain and Terrain+ for off-road driving situations. If you really must, the DBX can wade through water up to 500 mm deep.  

Key interior features

An impressively equipped interior with lavish leather finishes sets the tone inside the DBX. 

Particular attention has been paid to creating a spacious cabin for all passengers who will be treated to full-grain leather trim and a wealth of in-car tech such as the stylish 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch infotainment system. A powerful 800W sound system is also fitted along with 14 speakers. 

In terms of practicality, the load capacity is claimed at 832 litres, which is huge, and with the 40:20:40 split rear seats folded down, you gain access to 1 540 litres of space.

Aston Martin has curated no less than 11 optional accessory packs for the DBX to match a variety of hobbies and pursuits. For example, a Snow Pack includes items such as a ski bag, roof-mounted ski rack, snow chains and boot warmers. A Pet Pack, for animal lovers, includes a pet partition, bumper protector and even a portable pet washer. As you would expect, Aston Martin also offers a wide range of customisation options to suit your taste. 

This all comes at a price, however, and initial indications point to a starting price of around R2.9-million. The local availability of the Aston Martin DBX has yet to be confirmed.

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