Still having doubts that Aston Martin's plan of building their first crossover will not make it into reality? Better think again as the Gaydon-based manufacturer has already started production of their first-ever crossover at their new facility in St. Athan in Wales.
This latest development comes after Aston Martin teased their all-new DBX kicking up some snow in Sweden three months ago. The 36.42-hectare facility serves as the second UK plant for Aston Martin and will be the sole production site of their new crossover, as well as their future line of ultra-luxury electric vehicles (EVs) under the Lagonda brand.
Since its opening, the St. Athan facility has created 200 jobs so far and is expected to make 550 more. Further investments will likely generate an additional 3,000 jobs which will be needed to man the supply chain, as well as local businesses.
“This is an exciting time for Aston Martin Lagonda. Our second luxury manufacturing facility is now producing cars and is ready to go into full production in H1 2020. Our facilities and manufacturing teams, led by VP and Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer Keith Stanton have done an outstanding job in getting the factory ready almost a year before full production starts, on time and on budget,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, Group CEO and president of Aston Martin Lagonda.
In review, the upcoming DBX resembles what appears to be an Aston Martin Vantage on stilts. It will be the company's first-ever crossover and could likely be powered by a twin-turbo V8 derived from the Vantage. With that in mind, expect the DBX to produce upwards of 500 PS with over 600 Nm of torque. Full production of the DBX is set to begin some time in 2020.