2020 Aston Martin DBX: prices, power, performance, tech and release date

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FOR THE first time in its 106-year history, Aston Martin has a high-performance SUV in its range.

What is the 2020 Aston Martin DBX?

Aston Martin is entering uncharted waters with its latest automotive offering: its all-new DBX model is the firm’s first attempt at a luxury SUV.

While the DBX will likely find itself parked on Bond Street more than driven as if in a James Bond movie, its makers say the car is still a proper Aston at heart. The company claims the DBX has cornering and braking performance on par with its sports car and grand tourer models, and under the bonnet lies the most powerful V8 engine available in any car Aston Martin currently makes.

All of this and more means Aston Martin expects the DBX to not only be “the most exciting SUV on the market” when it arrives next year, but also the company’s “most versatile product” to date. No doubt its biggest seller, too.

What engines will the 2020 Aston Martin DBX have?

From launch, Aston Martin DBX buyers will only get one engine: a 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 that’s derived from the same motor under the bonnet of the Aston Martin Vantage sports car.

While it shares an engine with other Aston models, the DBX has the slight on-paper edge when it comes to power outputs. According to the car maker, the DBX’s engine produces 542bhp (a 39bhp increase over the Vantage), and the SUV’s 516 lb ft of torque is 11 lb ft punchier than what the sports car muster.

It’s unclear what transmission this engine will be paired up to, though it’s likely the DBX will use the same eight-speed automatic gearbox used in the Vantage and DB11 models. It’s highly likely the DBX will also be exclusively available as an all-wheel drive car — a first, if so, for an Aston Martin road car.

How fast is the 2020 Aston Martin DBX?

Full performance specs, including acceleration figures,  will be revealed when the car is officially unveiled in December, though Aston Martin has hinted at the SUV top speed: the car maker claims it’s been able to “repeatedly exceed” 180mph in the DBX development prototypes.

According to Aston Martin, the DBX test cars have also been able to “regularly” lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under eight minutes. For reference, the fastest SUV around the 16.12-mile long course is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, which set a time of 7 minutes 49.369 seconds in 2018.

What tech will the 2020 Aston Martin DBX have?

While many car makers tend to hint at their new car’s tech specs pre-release, Aston Martin has taken a different approach with the DBX. At the time of writing, we know very little about the SUV’s specs, and we likely won’t know more until the car is fully revealed in December 2019.

How spacious is the 2020 Aston Martin DBX?

We’ll need to get in the car ourselves but the early signs suggest buyers won’t be wanting for space: being a five-door luxury SUV, it’s unsurprisingly large, and the pictures we have of the pre-production prototype suggest there may be a decent amount of rear headroom, too.

Our only concern is the aggressively sloped rear tailgate, which could limit the DBX’s boot capacity in comparison with boxier rivals like the BMW X5 M50i and Range Rover Sport SVR. Will that concern buyers? Probably not.

When will the 2020 Aston Martin DBX go on sale?

Aston Martin has yet to confirm when the DBX will go on sale, though it’s likely the order books will open in early 2020. The car maker has already confirmed it will begin producing the SUV at its new factory in St Athan, Wales during the first half of next year, and the first customer cars are expected to be handed over to their owners not long after.

How much will the 2020 Aston Martin DBX cost?

Prices will be revealed closer to launch, though it’s anticipated even the base Aston Martin DBX will come with a six-figure price tag.

What are the 2020 Aston Martin DBX’s rivals?

When it arrives on UK roads, the Aston Martin DBX will have many high-performance SUVs to compete with, including cars like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, BMW X5 M50i, Range Rover Sport SVR and Bentley Bentayga V8. Depending on where Aston Martin sets the prices, the DBX could also face competition from the Lamborghini Urus and Ferrari’s forthcoming SUV model.

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