Aston Martin is yet another brand to enter the lucrative SUV market. This brand faced with seven bankrupts during its history and with the plan to expand its offer with the premium SUV this brand will try to attract a broader audience and become more mainstream carmaker. The British premium and sports carmaker will launch its SUV model previewed by the 2015 DBX concept in late 2019. The model will go on the market as the 2020 Aston Martin DBX and will face with the likes of Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, top-spec Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover but also Rolls Royce Cullinan.
2020 Aston Martin DBX: Platform
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX will come based on the reworked version of the architecture that underpins the DB11 coupe. The structure of this platform will consist largely of the aluminum and some parts will be borrowed from Mercedes. Actually, in an initial phase, the brand considered to use Mercedes’ platform but the final decision is to use its modified architecture although will borrow some sub-components and V-8 engines from Mercedes.
Design wise, the DBX SUV is said to share much of the DNA with concept model. However, the production version will take four-door form instead of concept’s two-door design. The production design will also feature less coupe-like roofline than on the concept version in order to improve interior comfort. The teaser image Aston released reveals longer and flatter roof than the concept. The model will boast highly stylized exterior which will surely be the head-turner.
When comes to the cabin design, Aston promises a new approach but the focus will be on the practicality. The cabin will also be highly stylized and luxurious but flexible as well.
Aston also promises non-traditional technologies in its new SUV. Reports suggesting the model will use the cameras in place of the side mirrors like the concept car and the picture will be projected on the screens inside. Aston will also install the newest safety upgrades but more details will be known close to model’s arrival.
2020 Aston Martin DBX: Powertrains
The DBX Concept was presented as the all-electric vehicle but the 2020 Aston Martin DBX will arrive powered with gasoline engine while the electrified powertrains will be introduced later in model’s life cycle.
Initially, the DBX will get an AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine capable of delivering 503 hp and torque of 498 lb-ft. The range-topping version should have a 5.2-liter V-12 under the hood. The engine will be retuned version of the unit used in the DB11 where produces 600 hp and torque of 516 lb-ft.
As the solution for the hybrid powertrain, Aston could use the high-performance setup from Mercedes AMG GT Concept. The system combines a 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine and an electric motor for the total output of 800 hp.
On the other hand, Aston promises the ride and handling characteristics similar like on the Porsche Macan.
2020 Aston Martin DBX: Arrival, Price
Aston is already preparing the production facility at St Athan, Wells. The 2020 Aston Martin DBX is expected for the release in late 2019 or early 2020. The price range should be between $195,000 and $260k.