A ston Martin breaks new ground: With the DBX, the British bring their first SUV onto the market. And it will be a real colossus: at 5.04 meters in length, 2.00 meters in width and 1.68 meters in height, it is almost the dimensions of a Bentley Bentayga. In terms of price, it even outperforms its British competitor, and significantly. While the Bentayga is available from 175,644 euros, the Aston Martin costs at least 193,500 euros in Germany. His other opponent, the € 204,000 Lamborghini Urus, is getting very close to the price.
New plant with limited capacity
The brand will build the Aston Martin DBX in a second in the future UK plant. A new production facility was built in St. Athan, Wales, which will create up to 750 new jobs. Construction of the plant in Wales began in 2017, and the British will shortly be ramping up series production there for the first time with the crossover model. However, more than 90 percent of the production is to be exported. It is also clear that production capacities are limited. A maximum of 5,000 models roll off the assembly line each year. When Lagonda production also arrives in 2023, capacity will be increased to a total of 7,000 models - 3,000 Lagonda and only 4,000 DBX.
Head of design Marek Reichman has modeled the typical Aston Martin design features into the body of the DBX . It starts with the radiator grille that is so typical of the brand and continues to the rear via the almond-shaped headlights and a strongly contoured bonnet. The side air outlets open into beads and character lines, while the window surfaces taper towards the rear. The belt line ends above the narrow taillights, which are connected to one another by a narrow strip of light, in a spoiler lip that, together with the roof spoiler, delimits a gently sloping rear window. Viewed from the side, Reichman has drawn in the lower part of the rear apron.
New platform with AMG drive
For its first SUV, Aston Martin has developed a new platform that can be used for pure combustion as well as electrified drives. Initially, however, only the four-liter V8 biturbo with cylinder deactivation, known from the DB11 and Vantage and taken over by Mercedes-AMG, is used, which starts in the DBX with 550 hp and 700 Nm torque. The engine breathes through an active exhaust system with two right and left in theRear apron placed tailpipes. Aston Martin expects WLTP consumption of 14.3 liters and CO2 emissions of 269 g /km according to NEDC.
The motor must set a live weight of at least 2,245 kilograms in motion. In view of this, the performance is impressive: the DBX completes the zero-to-one-hundred sprint in 4.5 seconds, and the top speed is 291 km /h. The power is sorted by a nine-speed gearbox in conjunction with an active center differential and an electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle. The latter distributes the power as optimally as possible between the rear wheels, which in case of doubt get the full torque. A maximum of 47 percent is on the front axle.
Air suspension and six driving modes
The three-chamber air suspension with adaptive dampers, controlled by the 48-volt electrical system, offers the option of either increasing the ground clearance from the initial value To screw 45 millimeters up or 50 millimeters down. In addition, this eARC technology should reduce the rolling movements of the body when cornering quickly and ensure a large spread between the driving modes GT (factory setting), Sport, Sport +, Terrain, Terrain + and Individual. The power steering is electrically assisted. The 22-inch rims are covered all around with Pirelli P Zero tires baked according to Aston Martin specifications and give a home to a braking system that works with 410 millimeter steel discs at the front and 390 millimeter steel discs at the rear.
In the interior the five-seat DBX sports chairs with integrated headrests, thick leather all around, Alcantara covers for the headliner and pillars, frameless windows and a large panoramic glass roof. Thanks to the shift-by-wire transmission control, the interior designers were able to accommodate a large storage compartment under the rising center console. The trunk has a capacity of 632 liters, the rear seats can be folded down in a 40:20:40 ratio. Heated seats are standard, the decorative strips can be made of different types of wood, composite materials or metalsexist.
Infotainment system from the Daimler Group
The central infotainment screen is 10.25 inches and is embedded in the dashboard. Above it are the circular displays characteristic of Aston Martin. The speedometer and rev counter are also shown in a classic round view - albeit digitally on a 12.3-inch TFT monitor. The touchpad on the center console at the latest shows that Aston Martin is again using Daimler technology. However, not the current MBUX system, but the previous generation, which is used, for example, in the currently still current E-Class. Apple Carplay is also included in the basic price, as is the 360-degree camera and the ambient light, which is divided into two zones and offers 64 colors.
Aston Martin has put together an assistance package for the DBX consisting of Emergency Brake Assist including pedestrian detection and front collision prevention, adaptive cruise control with speed limit, lane departure warning and lane departure warning, monitoring of the blind spot and rear cross traffic as well as traffic signs detection. The hill start aid also provides support on the road, while the hill descent aid is particularly advantageous for off-road use.
Eleven equipment packages for different needs
In addition to the standard equipment, Aston Martin offers the DBX on time Market launch of eleven different option packages, which are geared towards the different needs and living environments of solvent customers. The Snow Pack, for example, is aimed at skiers and includes a ski bag, roof rack, snow chains and boot warmers. There is also a pet pack with a divider, bumper protector and portable washing facility; The latter is also included in the bicycle package.
An adventure set includes mud flaps and reinforced underrun protection elements, the event package includes, for example, a picnic blanket and basket as well as extra seating for outside. Other features trim the DBX towards comfort, long-distance suitability or make the interior clearer and more robust.
The DBX is primarily intended to inspire customers in China, Russia, the Middle East and the USA. Deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2020, probably in late April or early May. The first 500 cars are personally inspected and approved by Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer. They also receive the “1913 Package”, which is distinguished by a number of badges.