Last week, Aston Martin officially started production of their first-ever crossover, the DBX. This was made possible after Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll invested £500 million (about PhP 31 billion) into the company, allowing the Gaydon-based luxury marque to begin building the crossover.
Now, the all-new DBX has officially made its way to South East Asia. Making its regional debut at the 41st Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), the twin-turbo crossover packs over 500 PS, 50:50 weight distribution, and seating for five.
Looking a lot like a Vantage on stilts, the DBX is sleek, sporty, and aggressive. It gets the brand's signature front grille, tapered headlights, a sloping roofline, and a one-piece LED taillight that gives the crossover its unmistakable look. Huge 22-inch alloy wheels make their home inside the wheel wells, while grippy Pirelli P Zero tires make sure the DBX stays planted to the pavement. The front set measures 285/40/R22 while the rear tires measure 325/35/R22.
Despite being a crossover, the DBX stays true to Aston Martin's distinct interior design. The seats are wrapped in full-grain leather while the headliner and the electric roof blind are made from Alcantara. Solid wood panels, as well as neat touches of aluminum and other metal accents, are available on the DBX.
On the technology front, the DBX comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen media display and is equipped with Apple CarPlay. There's also the 12.3-inch multi-info display that shows all of the necessary information needed. For better all-around visibility, it has a 360-degree around-view monitor system.
The driving force of the DBX is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that is connected to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The eight-cylinder cranks out a hearty 550 PS along with a staggering 700 Nm of torque. Unlike its sports car brethren which are strictly rear-wheel-drive, the DBX benefits from all-wheel-drive and also comes with an active central differential and electric rear limited-slip differential that ensure traction at any speed or terrain. 0 – 100 km/h comes in at a quick 4.5 seconds while top speed is rated at an impressive 291 km/h.
With The Land of Smiles already getting their hands on the 2021 Aston Martin DBX, maybe it's only a matter of time before the Philippines will get it as well. With production ramping up, other markets will likely sure to follow as Aston Martin expects that 80% of the DBXs made will be exported and sold overseas.