Late last year, Aston Martin officially revealed its first-ever crossover, the DBX. Looking a lot like a high-riding Vantage with four-doors and a tailgate, the high-performance crossovers features a sleek exterior design, a full-grain leather interior, high-tech amenities, and a twin-turbo V8 pushing out over 500 PS.
Despite already launching the vehicle to the public, Aston Martin has not been able to start production of the DBX due to lack of funds which stemmed from the company's rough performance for the past few years. But after a £500 million investment (about PhP 31 billion) by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin was able to secure the necessary funds needed to start production.
Fast forward to the present day, and the company has officially built the first-ever DBX. Recently rolling off the company's new factory in St. Athan, Wales, the newly-built DBX signifies the brand's shift towards a new era in making luxury cars. Combining versatility, opulence, and sports car dynamics, the DBX is Aston Martin's vision for a luxury SUV.
“It is a real privilege to be here today to witness the completion of the first production Aston Martin DBX. I’m extremely proud of the Aston Martin team who have worked so hard to transform this ex-Ministry of Defence site into a world-class car manufacturing facility, to now be producing cars, it is testament to the resilience and fortitude of everyone at Aston Martin,” said Keith Stanton, Interim Chief Operating Officer at Aston Martin.
In review, the DBX is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that churns out 550 PS and 700 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. It also benefits from a rear limited-slip differential, and an active center differential to ensure traction on a variety of terrain and weather conditions.
With Aston Martin expecting around 80% of the DBX to be exported and sold overseas, the company believes that its all-new SUV is an important model that will further improve its sales and market share. First deliveries of the DBX to customers will officially start later this month.
When can we expect the Aston Martin DBX to arrive in the Philippines? There's no official word yet from Aston Martin Philippines, but perhaps we can expect it to be here sometime in 2021.