Aston Martin's SUV Will Ride On a New Platform

Chief engineer Matt Becker gave us the rundown.

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Since launching the DB11 in 2016, Aston Martin has been hard at work creating an all-new portfolio of cars. What's next? The DBX SUV, according to Aston Martin chief engineer Matt Becker. We spoke to Becker on the sidelines of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and he gave us the rundown. It sounds like a big undertaking.

Pictured above: the 2015 Aston Martin DBX concept.

"It's its own thing," Becker told R&T. "It's a completely new platform. It takes learning from [Aston's other new cars], for sure, but there's a lot more suspension technology going to go into that car."

When pressed on that suspension tech, Becker didn't want to give everything away, but he said the DBX will have some sort of active anti-roll system and triple-volume air springs. Aston has never used hardware like this before, but Becker says it's needed when dealing with a high-riding, heavy SUV.

"It's physics at the end of the day and you need additional help to overcome those physics," he said. Those systems are employed in sporty SUVs like the Audi SQ7, Bentley Bentayga, and the Porsche Cayenne, which Becker considers the main rivals for the DBX. And like those three, the DBX won't sacrifice practicality for performance.

"Accommodation is a big thing because people, they want the badge, but they want the utility as well," Becker said. "The Cayenne and all the other cars are an example of that."

Don't think the SUV is the only project going at Aston Martin right now, however. Becker promises more versions of existing cars in the near future, and he confirmed its mid-engine Ferrari-fighter will debut after the DBX.

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