With the new DB11, DBS Superleggera and Vantage out, Aston Martin is turning its attention to something radically different—an SUV. First previewed as the DBX concept in 2015, Aston's SUV is set to make its debut before the end of 2019, and prototypes are already out testing in the real world.
Aston Martin sent us these photos of its chief engineer, Matt Becker, flogging a DBX prototype on a Welsh rally stage. The company also confirmed that this SUV will be called the DBX.
At the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer, Becker told us the DBX would ride on a totally new platform—not a version of the architecture shared by the DB11 and Vantage.
"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."
Becker told us that suspension technology will include three-chamber air springs and some sort of active anti-roll system, which will help offset the DBX's weight and high center of gravity. "It's physics at the end of the day and you need additional help to overcome those physics," he said.
In a press release sent out with these images, Aston promised that the DBX will have off-road and towing capability.
Aston Martin will build the DBX in a new factory in St. Athan, Wales, where it'll eventually build electric cars, too. And that's about all we know for certain about the DBX. We're not sure, for example, if it'll be powered by the AMG 4.0-liter V8 Aston uses in the DB11 V8 and Vantage, or its in-house 5.2-liter V12.
And if you're disappointed by the prospect of an Aston Martin SUV, the company will follow it up with something much more your speed—a mid-engine supercar aimed right at Ferrari.