Aston Martin reveals DBX prototype as testing gets underway

Aston Martin DBX prototype

Aston Martin says its first SUV, which it will call the DBX, will be the "most beautiful" ultraluxury SUV on the market. Cues like the sculpted bonnet, slim headlamps and trademark Aston Martin grille are derived from the concept.

The DBX will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda's St Athan facility, a brand new £250 million factory.

"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, said Aston Martin chief engineer, Matt Becker".

Aston Martin first introduced the idea of the DBX to the world at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in the form of a two-door electric crossover coupe.

For now, the first development prototype that you see in the pics is being put through a rigorous testing regime, starting with the Welsh Rally stage that you see in the pics, and eventually moving on to a wide range of off-road conditions from frozen Arctic to scorching Middle Eastern deserts, as well as the necessary on-road dynamic proving grounds such as the Nürburgring.

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Aston Martin promises the new model will deliver "impressive multi-terrain and towing capabilities".

"As an engineer, it's genuinely exciting to get a feel for the auto you're working to create", he continued.

The production version of the DBX is set to be unveiled in the final quarter of 2019. Unlike the concept, the production DBX will feature a more conventional five-door layout rather than the sleeker three-door design that was originally expected. The high performance SUV will be locking horns with the Lamborghini Urus and upcoming Ferrari Purosangue SUV.

Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer.

The DBX is keenly awaited by Aston Martin dealers in the key markets of the United Kingdom and USA, said Max Warburton, an analyst for Bernstein Research.

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