Announced globally in November 2019, DBX signals a new era in Aston Martin’s pursuit to deliver exceptional performance, style and usability in a segment previously unexplored by the world famous manufacturer. Bringing both the versatility and indulgence expected of a luxury SUV with sports car levels of dynamic performance, DBX sets a bold new standard in this sector.
Formally showing the car in Sydney, Patrik Nilsson, President, Aston Martin Asia Pacific, said: “We have seen very strong interest locally from existing customers, and excitingly a high proportion represent owners who will be new to the Aston Martin lifestyle. For this group, the DBX demonstrates the very best of what an Aston Martin can offer, with more practicality than before.”
“Since its global launch in November 2019, global sales have been very encouraging, with DBX receiving the fastest level of uptake in the marque’s 107-year history,” Mr Nilsson continued.
Produced in Aston Martin’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in St Athan, Wales, the foundation of DBX is a new dedicated SUV platform, something rarely seen across the sector. This new facility was only opened in December 2019 with production expected to ramp up in Q2 of 2020, but the facility was temporarily shut down around a month in-line with UK Government instructions on COVID-19. So this may impact on supply in the foreseeable future.
Powered by a characterful 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG, the DBX features an impressive output of 405kW and 700NM of torque, carefully tuned to meet the specific needs of this model. With a sound character that is unquestionably Aston Martin, the active exhaust system ensures this is a luxury SUV that can sound refined one moment and exhilarating the next. The engine’s versatility isn’t restricted to its vocals either; the turbocharged V8 has cylinder deactivation to enhance fuel economy, yet it can also propel DBX from 0 to 100kmph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 291kmph.
Aston Martin’s first ever full-size 5-seat model is not only exceptionally versatile in terms of the terrain that it can tackle, it is also extremely adaptable to a wide variety of lifestyle needs and owners. Designed to accommodate the world’s 99th percentile male and 5th percentile female, DBX has been very deliberately created with instant familiarity and ease of use from the start.
With 632 litres of boot space and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats DBX possesses all the flexible load capacity expected of an SUV with class-leading interior space. A narrow load sill and broad aperture maximises the practicality for a variety of luggage, such as suitcases, golf bags and ski equipment.
Complimenting the incredibly high standard specification of DBX, which includes all available active safety systems, there are many optional accessory packages offered. The luxuriously handcrafted interior of DBX has been designed to provide equal space and comfort whether sitting in the front or rear of the car. Class-leading headroom and legroom combines with a full-length glass panoramic roof and frameless door glass to offer a fantastically light and spacious cabin environment.
Small touches throughout, including separate central armrests, glovebox design and the ergonomic positioning of the car’s key control systems, have been guided carefully by the input of the brand’s Female Advisory Board, dealership feedback and a variety of private focus groups held worldwide. Not limited to this area, the guidance provided has been key to the success of DBX’s overall design.
A 10.25” TFT screen sits elegantly flush in the centre console, while a huge 12.3” TFT screen provides a wealth of information to the driver. Apple CarPlay comes as standard, as does a 360-degree camera system and ambient lighting that offers 64 different colours in two zones.
DBX is priced from AUD $357,000 (plus on road costs) in Australia and NZD $330,000 (plus on road costs) in New Zealand, with customer deliveries in Australia and New Zealand due to commence from mid-2020. Clients and prospects can contact their nearest showroom for further information –
Photographs by Aston Martin Lagonda.