Despite going through a less fortunate period from a financial perspective, Aston Martin couldn’t stay away from the increasingly lucrative SUV market and has jumped on the high-riding bandwagon with the DBX.
The first SUV and the first all-wheel-drive vehicle in the company’s 106-year history, the DBX also represents the third and final phase of a multi-model expansion plan that should put Aston on the right path in the future.
With a development that first started virtually back in 2015 and then continued with real-world prototypes in 2018, the Aston Martin DBX had a rather extensive gestation period. Unlike older Astons, the SUV is filled to the brim with modern technology, with the entire powertrain, transmission and even the infotainment system being borrowed from Mercedes-Benz. The twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 sitting under that long hood is straight from Mercedes-AMG and delivers a healthy 550 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque, sent though a 9-speed automatic transmission of Mercedes origin to all four wheels. The all-wheel-drive system uses an active center differential and an electronically controlled rear limited slip differential. Another premiere for car with an Aston Martin badge is the full-size five-seat interior, with the DBX being apparently created to accommodate the world’s 99th percentile male and 5th percentile female in its comfy, leather-lined seats.