This is the Aston Martin DBX, the first of SUV from the British sportscar maker. It is not new for a premium sportscar maker to venture its capability and existence in the SUV section, a lot of other competitors like Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce and many more.
What makes it special is its trademark technique of using bonded aluminum for its body works. They have been doing this for 20 years and excelled in it. It weighs just 2500 kg with a AMG 4litre V8. It is not just a pretty sportscar SUV but it is a great offroader. It churns 542 horsepower with 516 pound/feet of torque.
But building Aston’s first-ever SUV from the ground up enabled unique packaging opportunities in addition to the specific hardware. For instance, market research revealed female drivers were often frustrated because most cars don’t have a place to stash their purse. Daimler’s 9G-Tronic transmission happens to be dimensionally compact, which enabled a sizable cubby to be introduced between the DBX’s front seats. As it stands, the DBX’s interior is just as gorgeously finished as you’d expect, with pretty veneers and acres of supple hides stitched together with imaginative detailing (even though the pretty little HVAC vents look like they couldn’t possibly deliver strong airflow on a toasty summer’s day). And while the nose has been called out (rightfully) as being a tad too similar to the considerably more down-market Ford Escape, the upturned tail is a saucy, visually arresting feature that all but redeems the sins of the front.
Inside the cabin, DBX’s rear legroom is expansive, a fairly transparent concession to the Asian market, where more owners are likely to be chauffeured than drive. However, there’s plenty to enjoy from behind the wheel, where six drive modes (one offering individually tailored settings) allow the DBX to take on different personalities. Default mode is GT, a somewhat tame configuration that gets sharper when switched to Sport, which drops the suspension 0.59 inches. Dial it to Sport Plus, and things get palpably more interesting: The body lowers another 0.59 inches, power gets dialed rearward (which lights up the ESP indicator on the digital dash), and the exhaust adds more bangs and pops. Terrain mode boosts the body up 0.59 inches from baseline, while Terrain Plus offers more articulation at low speeds with an additional 1.2 inches of clearance. Coupled with a 48-volt active anti-roll system, the air suspension is arguably the technical star of the show, allowing for a wide range of damping and body control.