It looks like James Bond will soon be driving a crossover from Aston Martin. After making its world debut three years ago as a concept vehicle, the all-new DBX is now closer to becoming a reality.
To prove to the world that they have already made great progress, Aston Martin recently released the first pictures of a prototype DBX albeit wearing camouflage. According to the luxury marque, the DBX is being put through its paces along a Welsh rally stage as part of the brand's extensive testing program.
From enduring harsh environments, as well as rigorously testing its driving capability, Aston Martin is pulling out all the stops before officially launching the DBX next year.
Based on the photos, the DBX looks like a Vantage on stilts. The front fascia features a massive grill that is accompanied by a sleek set of LED headlights. Looking beyond the camouflage, the DBX has a unique sloping roofline which gives it a rather sporty look. While almost everything looks production-ready, the same cannot be said for the DBX's rear. Faux taillights, along with a false body panel cover a huge part of the DBX's rear. This could mean that Aston Martin is still busy tweaking or finalizing its design before the big reveal.
As for what's under the hood, Aston Martin is still tight-lipped as to what powers the DBX. But given that the prototype has dual exhausts at the back, it's highly likely that the DBX is powered by a souped-up V8 or V12 engine.
“We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available. Still, it’s always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype and I’m delighted with the near perfect correlation between the simulator and this prototype,” said Matt Becker, Aston Martin Chief Engineer.
The all-new DBX is scheduled to make its official debut in late 2019. Production of the luxury crossover will begin next year at the company's state-of-the-art St. Athan plant. Besides serving as the home of the DBX, the new St. Athan plant will also become Aston Martin's manufacturing plant for its fully-electric production models.
“Seeing a DBX development prototype in action is a momentous chapter in the story of our first SUV, for it is the moment it really comes alive. DBX is so much more than ‘just’ an SUV; it will be the first model built at our brand-new facility in St Athan. As such, it is very much the start of a bold new era in the company’s long history,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, president and CEO of Aston Martin.