Monday, April 20, 2020


Aston Martin has started building pre-production versions of the DBX at its new St Athan plant in Wales, ahead of its first SUV going on sale in the first half of 2020. The new 90-acre factory in Wales, built on a former Ministry of Defence site, has been under development since 2016 and will be the sole production facility for the DBX. The electric models of the revived Lagonda brand will also be built there. Ahead of the SUV's official launch later this year, Aston Martin has issued new images of the DBX sporting new camouflage livery reflecting its new Welsh home. The DBX is currently undergoing final testing using the pre-production versions, with full production due to commence early next year.

Aston Martin previously released new images and a video of the DBX undergoing extreme weather testing in Sweden at Pirelli's Flurheden proving ground, as part of the two brands' ongoing partnership.  Speaking about that test, Aston Martin chief engineer Matt Becker said: "Testing these prototypes in cold conditions helps us assess the car’s early dynamics and, crucially, ensure confidence-inspiring sure-footedness on low-grip surfaces. "This car propels Aston Martin into a new segment and our engineering team is enjoying the challenges of developing a quality luxury SUV experience through this robust testing schedule. Progress is on track and I am confident that we will deliver over and above what our customers would expect from an Aston Martin SUV."
The DBX is built on an Aston Martin architecture that will be closely related to that set to underpin the Lagonda sedan and SUV, which are also in the pipeline. The new Lagondas will be built alongside the DBX, starting from 2021. However, whereas the Lagonda models will be electrically driven, the DBX will start life with petrol power before getting Mercedes-sourced hybrid technology in the next decade. It will get the AMG-sourced, 4.0-litre V8 and Aston’s own 5.2-litre V12 as core engine options, with Mercedes also donating the car’s electrical architecture.

The DBX is one of the most important models in Aston Martin’s history and the next phase of the company’s turnaround plan under boss Andy Palmer. While every Aston produced under Palmer as part of his ‘Second Century’ plan has been a replacement for an existing model (DB11, Vantage and DBS Superleggera), the DBX breaks new ground by having no direct predecessor. The plan sees seven models being launched over seven years at the rate of one per year, where each will be on sale for a seven-year model cycle with various derivatives and special-edition versions launched within that.