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Sports Car Spirit & SUV Convenience: The New Aston Martin DBX

Still Aston Martin, but with a difference. The same sports car performance but with more luxury practicality. The new Aston Martin DBX 2021 promises the same beauty and luxury but in the “go-anywhere” form of a sports utility vehicle.

Our performance has seen us push the boundaries of what is possible for an SUV.

Matt Becker, Chief Engineer at Aston Martin

The first SUV in the company’s 100-year history, the DBX represents a new dimension for the British company. The same sports car spirit is alive but with modern-day functionality – the stylish car exudes luxury practicality and everyday convenience.

Another first for Aston Martin, the DBX became the official Formula One Medical Car this year, alongside the Vantage as the Official Safety Car. It’s the first time ever the British automaker will be supplying FIA Formula One World Championship’s official Safety and Medical Cars.

Traditionally the end of the tarmac signals the end of the drive for Aston Martin. Now though, the DBX opens up the adventurous possibilities of all SUV’s. The luxury four-wheel-drive car features six driving modes and five ride heights with a ground clearance of 95mm available.

The first car made at Aston Martin’s new facility in St Athan, Wales, at first glance it’s a sensible SUV – spacious, five-seats and four-wheel drive. Dig a little deeper however and you’ll find Aston’s signature sports car performance.

Under the hood, the Aston Martin DBX is hiding a Mercedes-AMG-derived 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 405kW and 550bhp. The powerful engine ensures 0-100km/h is taken care of in 4.5 seconds and takes the SUV up to 292 km/h.

The 9-speed automatic gearbox is the perfect partner to the Mercedes motor, sending the power to all four wheels. The all-wheel-drive, lightweight aluminium construction and dynamic driving system mean the car feels lighter and more agile than a standard SUV. As Aston promised, the DBX offers sports car performance.

The unique DBX body architecture retains Aston’s stunning styling whilst providing the extra space and usability of a regular SUV. The exterior features LED front and rear lights, a rear spoiler and new air ducts that improve airflow around the car. While the largest front grille ever fitted to an Aston Martin makes a statement, the flush-fit door handles that open frameless, swan-hinged doors maintain the smooth design.

Step inside and it’s a thoroughly Aston affair – luxurious, sleek and stylish. As you would expect from an SUV, there’s more head and legroom than other Aston’s. The upholstery is a leather and woven wool felt pairing and it’s a choice of seven dashboard veneers, from contemporary wood to carbon fibre.

The electric-adjust heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, and a 10.25-inch infotainment display. you’re surrounded by all the modern technology; satellite navigation, Bluetooth audio, Apple CarPlay and a 360-degree camera.

On the safety and driver-assist side Aston Martin have once again left no stone unturned. The DBX includes anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, emergency brake assist, rollover stability control and a myriad of autonomous driving assistance technology.

You’re likely wondering about the Aston Martin DBX price. The SUV starts at A$357,000, but as with any Aston, the list of upgrades and accessories is extensive.

If you’re an Aston Martin fan, you’ll also enjoy reading the V12 Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider, 2020 Aston Martin Vantage and The Tale of Two Iconic British Brands: Aston Martin and James Bond.

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