ASTON MARTIN’S first-ever SUV model is slowly revealing its final form, with the boutique British automaker releasing a teaser sketch of the DBX crossover’s profile.
Revealed at the handover ceremony of Aston’s new production facility, a former Royal Air Force super-hangar in St Athan, Wales (below), the DBX sketch indicates the Aston Martin SUV will boast a slightly more traditional profile than the DBX concept that was revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The 2015 concept (above) had the appearance of a jacked-up DB11 two-door coupe, but while the name it introduced will eventually be applied to Aston’s crossover, the bodywork that clothed it was, in Aston’s own words, not representative of what will go on sale in 2019.
This teaser sketch, on the other hand, gives us a better idea of what to expect. Aston’s design chief Marek Reichman (below) told Wheels last month that the DBX will boast more interior space than a Porsche Cayenne and be built on an enlarged version of Aston’s aluminium chassis architecture, and promised that it would be “the world’s first beautiful SUV”.
A bold claim, especially considering SUVs are more known for their brutishness rather than their beauty, but the teaser sketch shows that we can expect traditional Aston cues like a long bonnet and set-back cabin to be merged with a practical wagon(ish) bodystyle. Befitting its position as an off-road capable crossover, there’s also the suggestion of plenty of ground clearance and a short front overhang.
Unlike the 2015 DBX Concept, this one will definitely have more than two doors.
As for what will power it, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect twin-turbo V12 and V8 options similar to the Aston Martin DB11, with a hybrid variant also within the realm of possibility. The current Rapide is set to transition to an all-electric powertrain in 2019 to cover that end of the luxury market, so a DBX EV may not be available from the get-go.
Watch this space.