According to a media report, the British brand Aston Martin is likely to discontinue the four-door Rapide and make way for the brand’s first SUV, the DBX and also the Lagonda crossover. Aston Martin brand is also about to enter the race of SUVs by launching their first SUV, the DBX, later this year. According to sources, only a limited number of the DBX are likely to enter production even if the demand is more which will build some exclusivity for the SUV. The Lagonda crossover also debuted recently as a Concept and will be built alongside the DBX and the crossover car is expected to be launched in 2023. Both cars also share the platform and the Lagonda too, is likely to come in limited numbers like the DBX.
The DBX is expected to replace the standard 6.0-litre, V12 powered Rapide and the Lagonda could replace the all-electric powered Rapide E that was launched recently.
The Aston Martin DBX is currently in the pre-production phase and a recent camouflaged picture of the car leads us to believe that the car is undergoing the final testing phase. The DBX is also being subjected to extreme tests in Sweden, at the Pirelli’s Flurheden proving grounds. The SUV is also due to be tested in the middle-eastern deserts, the autobahns and the Nurburgring in Germany. The testing ensures the SUVs on road performance as well as off-road capabilities. The DBX has also been seen testing on the UK roads.
The DBX is expected to be powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged, V8 engine with the power output of around 510 HP, sourced from Mercedes-AMG. Another 5.2-litre, V12, Aston Martin engine is also likely to be available as an option. The former engine is likely to come as standard while the latter, larger engine is likely to be available in the top-spec version.
Both the DBX and Lagonda are likely to be built at the brand’s 90-acre production facility in St. Athan, Wales. In terms of competition, the DBX will rival the likes of Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and the Roll Royce Cullinan.