The new Aston Martin DBX SUV makes a public appearance at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed
The new Aston Martin DBX has been a public appearance at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019. The DBX SUV featured as part of several Aston Martin’s at this year’s show, the 70th anniversary of Aston’s first ever race at Goodwood.
The public display comes after Aston Martin released a fresh batch of teaser images for the new DBX, detailing the SUV’s production process at the British brand’s assembly line in St Athan, Wales. The first pre-production versions have already been built, ahead of the model’s intended launch in late 2019.
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When it goes on sale in 2020 the Aston Martin DBX will join an ever-growing marketplace of premium performance SUVs, dominated by the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. It was first previewed by the DBX Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, with a steady stream of spy shots over the last four years detailing its development.
However, the DBX isn’t just important because of the potential revenue it could generate for Aston Martin. It’s the first car to be built at the firm’s brand new, 60,000 square-metre, £250 million facility in St Athan, Wales. So far, the factory has created 200 jobs and is expected to create 550 more.
This latest DBX prototype wears a new black and red, Wales-themed livery. Fit and finish appears significantly improved over our previously-spied mules, with neater panel gaps, production-ready bumpers, flush rear lamps, new headlights and an updated front grille.
Aston Martin has confirmed the DBX will be powered by its AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged V8 from the Vantage and DB11 V8. Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, has also confirmed a hybrid DBX will eventually emerge, falling in line with the British brand’s plan to electrify its entire line-up, with hybrid or pure-electric variants of every model planned by 2025.
Speaking to Auto Express at the St Athan facility late last year, Aston vehicle line director for large cars, Andy Haslam told us a little more about the upcoming DBX. He described the model as “clearly a full-size SUV”, that will have a lightweight, bonded aluminium body structure with its own unique suspension system and platform. A presentation of the finished car will take place towards the end of 2019.
As for a price, the DBX will line up with other upper-crust SUVs such as the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. We anticipate a starting figure of around £140,000 when it goes on sale in 2020.
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