DBX invokes the confidence of an SUV, the exhilaration of a sports car, and the indulgence of an Aston Martin
PRESENTING: ASTON MARTIN’S FIRST-EVER SUV
So it happened, it is real. Aston Martin now has its own SUV, joining the long line-up of sportscar and luxury car manufacturers who have decided it is about time to offer a sporty alternative for a family. It has worked for Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini. Soon enough, Ferrari will join, too. They all do it. Ok, not McLaren — not yet (they say they never will, but so did Ferrari). But back to the DBX…
“This is perhaps the most important car for us in a century insofar as it’s our first venture outside of the traditional sports-car look,” remarks former Aston Martin’s global CEO Andy Palmer. “It is a new kind of Aston Martin, one founded on the same principles of beauty, luxury and driving dynamics. Yet it is redefined, ready for anything, powered by the spirit of adventure.”
Built on a brand new, all-Aston Martin architecture, the DBX is a clean-sheet design from the ground up and designed to carry a whole family in true Aston Martin style, with the ability to go where no Aston Martin has gone before.
The front offers the typical Aston-look with the largest Aston Martin jewellery badge every produced, as well as the largest veined grille. The side profile is dominated by the dramatic shape of the door, emphasizing the unique sculpture of all modern Aston Martins – but it is the rear end that makes this SUV stand out. A distinctive tail flip houses a sleek, signature LED light blade and recalls the styling of the Aston Martin Vantage. The DBX rolls on massive 22″ wheels.
In the cabin, we find some typical Aston Martin cues as well as some “first-timers”: It is the first time that an Aston martin features class-leading leg and headroom, and class leading cargo space. The DBX is also the first-ever car with leather grille speakers (usually plastic or metal) and has the first-ever Alcantara fabric sunshade.
We love the unique combination of materials – the finest leather (the 16-way electric front seats, heated and ventilated, even pick up the colour of the callipers), raw wood and even wool felt, and stainless steel. As with any Aston Martin, you can create your own, bespoke interior with numerous options.
As for the driving technology: The all-wheel-drive DBX utilizes electronically adjustable centre and rear differentials that can optimize torque delivery from front to rear or side to side using an electronic limited-slip differential depending on driving mode or road condition. The triple volume air suspension can raise the car 4.5cm or lower it by 5cm to assist with entry and exit as well as to help improve off-road driving angles. And for those of you who are really serious about using the DBX as a work-horse, it can tow 5940 pounds and its roof rack can support up to 220 pounds despite a standard full-length panoramic glass roof.
There is so much more to say and to explore. We can’t wait for early September to finally fire up the 542hp twin-turbo V8 engine, built entirely by hand, in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz AMG and take this beauty on a little trip.
Price: Starting at $218,400 Canadian
Visit Aston Martin Vancouver for more information, to book your test-drive or … to sign the contract. It can be in your garage by the end of the year.