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Aston Martin begins pre-production of DBX SUV

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Aston Martin is gearing up to launch their first SUV, the DBX and the company has teased us with images of the SUV sporting camouflage livery at the brand’s 90-acre production facility in St. Athan, Wales. The DBX is expected to go on sale in early 2020. The St. Athan’s plant is going to be used only for the DBX production with speculations of the Lagonda to be built at the same plant at a later date.

The SUV is currently in the pre-production phase and is undergoing the final testing stage. The DBX is undergoing extreme testing in Sweden at the Pirelli’s Flurheden proving grounds. The SUV is also due to be tested in the middle-eastern deserts, the German autobahns and the Nurburgring. The testing is to ensure the SUVs on road performance as well as off-road capabilities. The DBX has also been seen testing on the UK roads.

According to the pictures, the Aston Martin DBX will be a 5-door design with pronounced shoulder lines, big muscular design, with a classic Aston Martin grille, sleek projector headlamps, wraparound taillights and an integrated spoiler designed in the boot lid.

The powertrain on the SUV is expected to be a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with the power output of around 510 HP, sourced from Mercedes AMG and the DBX is expected to be launched with this engine configuration. Another 5.2-litre V12 Aston Martin engine will also be in the options.

The Lagonda sedan and SUV are also expected to be built alongside the DBX from the year 2021, which shares the same platform. The Aston Martin DBX is likely to go into full production early next year. In terms of competition, the DBX will compete with Rolls Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and the upcoming Ferrari SUV.

Aston Martin will also bring the DBX SUV to India in due course of time after its world debut.