Words: Calvin Chan
Photography: Calvin Chan
Published: November 21, 2019
Porsche launched the Cayenne, Rolls-Royce unveiled the Cullinan, and Lamborghini has the Urus. The SUV is inevitable in an automaker's portfolio, and Aston Martin is the latest to unveil their take on the propped-up, high-riding, off-roading, do-it-all SUV formula. This is the DBX, and is Aston Martin's first SUV in its 106-year history.
And it looks damn good for an SUV. Sure, from certain angles it can come off as a low-rent Ford Escape, but the shoulder lines are muscular, the signature light bar that debuted with the Vantage makes its bold claim in the rear, and its silhouette and side strakes are beautifully drawn up. It's never an easy task, migrating a design language normally reserved for sports cars, into the odd and awkwardly proportioned dimensions commanded by an SUV, but Aston Martin has managed to design something rather spectacular, and should look better in person than in photos.
The cabin design is what will give the DBX that creamy luxurious flavour, sourcing many parts from Mercedes like the 10.25-inch infotainment unit, but adding their own British charm with the substantial leather-wrapped steering wheel, unique instrument dials, and beautifully quilted leather throughout. Out back, the DBX promises to include competitive rear seat spacing, 632 litres of cargo space, five-passenger capability, and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats.
Guaranteed to be an overperforming and equally as luxurious driving experience, the DBX is equipped with the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo AMG-sourced V8 as the DB11 and Vantage, here producing 542 hp and 516 lb-ft through a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Combined with an active center differential, a rear limited slip differential, an adaptive air suspension with triple-chamber springs, and a stiff aluminum architecture, the DBX sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds up to a top speed of 181 mph, slower than both the Urus and Cayenne Turbo. Despite sharing the same engine as the AMG GT C, Aston Martin says they have tuned their active exhaust system to deliver a particuarly unique V8 noise. Here's hoping.
The 2021 Aston Martin DBX will be manufactured in Britain, and though we have yet to receive Canadian pricing, it should retail for $189,900 USD. First deliveres are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2020.