Aston Martin SUV starts road test - Could be a Lamborghini Urus rival

Aston Martin DBX prototype

Aston Martin DBX prototype

As expected, the SUV has grown another pair of doors, but it maintains the elegant silhouette of the concept vehicle. Naturally that means working on the car's multi-terrain and towing capabilities to ensure it works in all scenarios. The DBX uses an adaptation of Aston's new bonded aluminum sports auto platform. The concept was a three-door but the production model will have five doors. The high performance SUV will be locking horns with the Lamborghini Urus and upcoming Ferrari Purosangue SUV. He described it as the "GT of SUVs" with a lower height compared to rival models such the Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The near-production DBX SUV has been photographed undergoing testing at the gravel stage at the Wales Rally GB.

From the frozen Arctic and scorching deserts of the Middle East to high Alpine passes and the high-speed demands of the German autobahnen and Nürburgring Nordschleife. "The DBX can not come soon enough", he wrote in a recent note to investors.

The fully camouflaged prototype gives us a general idea of what to expect from Aston Martin's super SUV but the body panels are far from finished. "It's attractive, absolutely lovely", Warburton quoted one United Kingdom dealer as saying.

Aston Martin said this signifies the start of an extensive testing programme, that began in Wales as a nod to Aston Martins' new St Athan production facility in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The auto is expected to use the Daimler-sourced twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, Aston Martin wrote in its share prospectus earlier this year. Previous year the brand sold 5,100 cars.

The DBX will widen Aston Martin's customer base to include new demographics, for example women, as well as winning new customers in markets such as China, the company has said.

This is going to arguably be an important auto in Aston Martin's history and definitely the most important vehicle under the brand's current CEO, Andy Palmer.

Total volumes rose 99 percent to 1,776 vehicles, helped by a 185 percent increase in the Americas and a 133 percent increase in Asia Pacific.

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