Aston Martin DBX707

Aston Martin DBX SUV gets the interior — and touchscreen — it always deserved

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High-performance SUVs don’t come much faster than the Aston Martin DBX, and now the British firm has revised its five-door model with a brand-new cabin, addressing one of the SUV’s obvious failings.

At the same time, Aston has killed of the standard DBX, and now only sells the reengineered, sportier DBX707 version. While this simplifies the model line-up, the firm has seen fit to give what it calls “the supercar of SUVs ” a range of updates to help keep it competitive against rivals such as the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the Mercedes-sourced 4-litre V8 that’s under the bonnet. This still produces 697bhp (the 707 in the car’s name relates to its output in PS, or metric horsepower), and has a maximum torque figure of 664lb ft. This allows the DBX707 to manage 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds, while the car’s top speed is quoted at 193mph.

Tweaks to the air suspension

The powertrain, which also features a nine-speed automatic gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system that can send up to 100 per cent of the engine’s torque (twisting force) to the rear axle, has been left untouched.

However, Aston’s engineers have tweaked the electronics that control the air suspension and dampers. The revisions are claimed to offer greater body control, which will enhance the DBX’s response and precision in corners — an area that has surely benefitted from the DBX’s duties as the official medical car for the Formula One World Championship.

On the outside, the DBX707 features new pop-out door handles for a slipperier look when the car is in motion, while the door mirrors have also been replaced. Before it was just the mirror glass that moved when they were adjusted, but now the entire housing moves, as with the new DB12. This also helps adjust the view of the 3D surround camera system.

New colours and wheels, carbon brakes as standard

There are new exterior colours, including Epsilon Black, Helios Yellow, Sprint Green, Malachite Green and Aura Green, while Podium Green — a shade originally reserved for the limited-run DBX707 AMR23 Edition — is now offered as an option.

There are 22in and 23in wheel options that include cast and forged alloys, as well as finishes in gloss black, silver, textured black, satin black, diamond cut black and — new for the update — copper bronze. As standard the DBX707 is equipped with carbon ceramic disc brakes.

It’s the cabin where the most significant updates have been made, with the DBX707 now featuring a layout that shares its looks with the new Aston Martin DB12 and updated Vantage sports cars. A horizontal theme is designed to make the DBX feel more like a sports car than an SUV inside, while the simplified centre console retains physical controls for the climate system, gear selection and drive modes.

There are new designs for the steering wheel, door releases and air vents, with light or dark chrome finishes for the latter, while carbon fibre, titanium mesh and smoked black oak veneers are available for the doors.

Much-improved infotainment tech

The DBX707 features Aston Martin’s latest infotainment software, integrated into a 10.25in capacitive touchscreen display on the centre console. It comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and operates in conjunction with the Aston Martin customer app. As well as touch control, it also incorporates multi-finger inputs, while the display offers a range of connectivity options and user functions.

As well as a new touchscreen, the DBX707 also has a 12.3in digital driver’s display. This is larger than the screen found in the DB12 and puts a range of information in front of the driver.

Also integrated into the infotainment is a 14-speaker sound system with an 800-watt amplifier, although this can be upgraded to a high-end Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system with 23 speakers and a 1,600-watt amplifier.

“Now upgraded with state-of-the-art technology and a completely new interior the DBX707 moves the game on once more, further elevating the standard by which all competitors are judged,” claimed Marco Mattiacci, global chief brand and commercial officer of Aston Martin.

Order books for the Aston Martin DBX707 are open now, and deliveries are expected to start in the second half of 2024. No word on whether a price increase is to be expected.

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