Aston Martin’s First SUV Is A Rival For The Lamborghini Urus

Order your DBX now

The Aston Martin DBX first appeared as a concept model at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015 – so we’ve known of the brand’s intentions to enter the SUV market for a while. It’s now taking orders for the car, with the first deliveries expected next year.

This represents a new era for Aston Martin, with the aim of providing a luxury SUV with sports car levels of performance. The body is light and stiff, using bonded aluminium, for an overall kerbweight of 2,245kg, and there’s been an emphasis on aerodynamics and comfort. Also, each DBX is being hand-built at the new Aston Martin factory in Wales.

The advanced technology – including adaptive triple volume air suspension, raising or lowering the car to suit the terrain, plus a 48v electric anti-roll control system (eARC) and electronic adaptive dampers – make the SUV very capable. Under the bonnet sits a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 from the DB11 and Vantage, offering 542bhp, 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.5 seconds, and a top speed of 181mph (291km/h).

Other tech includes a nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, allied to an all-wheel-drive system, and steering tuned for a sports-car-like response. There are 632 litres of boot space, and a number of ways the seating can be configured, allowing you to transport suitcases, golf bags and ski equipment easily.

Look for many optional accessory packages too, helping owners to customise the SUV to better suit their needs – for example, there’s a Pet Package that includes a portable washer, allowing you to quickly clean your dog after a muddy walk.

Inside is a full-length glass panoramic roof, with seats trimmed in full-grain leather, sourced from long-term partner Bridge of Weir. An industry-first, both the headlining and electric roof blind are available in an Alcantara finish, as well as other fabrics, and you can also specify your choice of wood and metal veneers. There are multiple TFT screens up front too, plus a 360-degree camera system as standard.

If you want a DBX, get in quick – the first 500 owners will benefit from the exclusive 1913 Package (named after the year Aston Martin was founded), fitted with unique badges and plaques, with a build-book signed by both Aston Martin’s CEO and CFO, and an invitation to a regional celebration at your nearest Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Prices start at around AED750,000. That’s slightly cheaper than a Lamborghini Urus, and quite a bit less than a Bentley Bentayga.

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