Aston Martin DBX SUV Begins Testing Ahead of 2019 Launch

Aston Martin DBX prototype

FIRST LOOK: Here's Aston Martin's new DBX SUV that will take on Bentley and Lamborghini

Aston Martin has finally confirmed that its first SUV will be called the DBX, while also giving us our first look at a (camouflaged) development prototype.

Note that Aston Martin has another SUV in the works for its Lagonda premium brand, although this isn't expected before 2021. The location hasn't been chosen randomly, since the SUV will be built at the company's new plant in ST Athan, Wales, which is also set to become the home of Aston Martin electrification.

"We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available", speaking of his drive in the DBX development prototype, Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Matt Becker, said. "DBX is so much more than "just" an SUV; it will be the first model built at our brand-new facility in St Athan".

The first "real-world" test for the DBX? It's going to go up some of the world's harshest environments - from the Arctic to the deserts of the Middle East.

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Aston Martin's Chief Engineer, Matt Becker kicked off the extensive testing programme for the auto on the famous Welsh Rally stages used for Britain's round of the World Rally Championship.

"As an engineer, it's genuinely exciting to get a feel for the auto you're working to create".

Aston Martin posted a 900 percent increase in third-quarter profit before tax to 3.1 million pounds ($4 million) as the newly listed carmaker continues a growth plan which saw its volumes double in the period.

The production-ready DBX will stray from the three-door design of the original concept and opt for a sleek five-door layout instead. The British automotive media suggests that one idea could be to match a V8 4.0L twin turbo engine from Mercedes with an electric motor for a total of nearly 700 horsepower. Jag's got an SUV; so does Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Lamborghini.

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