It's not a rumor anymore, Aston Martin has unveiled a new SUV. The new DBX is a flat-out gorgeous SUV that manages to capture the British manufacturer’s signature design and touches, bringing it to a whole new level. Aston Martin has managed to transform their crop of sports cars everyone loves into an SUV format without losing its elegance, flair, and sense of occasion.
It's tech-packed with a ton of features, brogued leather interior and a big glass start button on the dashboard. It doesn’t come cheap either; the DBX starts at $189,900, competing with the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus. Here’s everything we know so far about the gracious beast from Aston Martin.
10 Release Date
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX is set to be officially unveiled on November 20 in Beijing, after years of anticipation from fans and enthusiasts. The DBX will be the first official foray for the British manufacturer into the super-SUV segment and is expected to rival other European lineups such as the Range Rover Sport, Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6.
There will be several lifestyle options for the DBX, and the base model is expected to come standard with an accessory pack, including a baby car seat, pet pack, custom cover and many more.
9 DBX Interior
Aston Martin has already made the interior of the 2020 DBX public, ahead of its official November 20th unveiling in Beijing. The super SUV’s cabin comes with attractive leather stitches with soft-touch trims and surfaces. In true British luxury car style design, there is a mix of wood and metal accents along with the faux-suede headliner.
While it is uncertain if this interior trim will come standard, the sneak peek pics reveal a fully digital gauge cluster, heated seats, four-zone climate control, and a panoramic sunroof. Due to its super SUV attributes, Aston Martin has ensured that the 2020 DBX is the roomiest Aston with the most cargo space offering in its lineup.
8 DBX Exterior
Even though the only spy shots available for the new 2020 Aston Martin DBX are in red and black camouflage, it appears to be near production-ready. It has a new headlight design with streamlined rear lights and debut-ready rear and front bumpers. Its sports performance SUV aspects are revealed by the sheer size of its brakes visible at both axles.
It also comes with a roof-mounted spoiler with a fin, and a huge spoiler on its tailgate. At its rear, underneath the bumpers are dual performance exhausts, a clear indication of its performance worthiness.
There is no doubt that the 2020 Aston Martin DBX has a performance-oriented offering. It's evident from the recently released spy shots. Its visual sports design will be backed by Mercedes' AMG 4.0L V8 twin-turbo engine, generating 542hp.
According to reports, the 2020 DBX will share a lot more with the German manufacturer than just the V8 motor. Its entire electrical architecture is, in fact, from Mercedes. The V8 twin-turbo from Mercedes AMG is tuned and customized aurally by Aston Martin to their desired output. Prospective owners should expect less bass compared to other AMG applications.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX will sit on a bespoke platform and suspension setup. As expected, Aston Martin has done extensive tests on its mule to ensure the DBX delivers to the demands of the prospective SUV buyers. Its new platform will have the engine sitting at the back in the engine bay, ensuring that none of the blocks overhangs on its custom 22-inch front wheels.
For remarkable body strength, Aston Martin has ensured its extruded chassis sections along the length meet the vast castings on each corner. Its torsional rigidity is at 27,000Nm/deg, which is high, but Aston Martin feels its ideal for road-noise reduction.
5 Fuel economy
Since the 2020 Aston Martin DBX will come with a Mercedes AMG V8 (making it the most powerful of Aston’s lineup) it’s not yet clear what its EPA rating will be. But basing on its performance specs, size, and weight, car experts have marked it for anywhere between 12 to 17mpg in the city and 17 to 20 mpg on the highway.
It will be a while before the exact real-world mpg are released. When it officially launches in the U.S. Aston Martin has also announced that a planned DBX hybrid further down the road will roll out, following its announcement of electrifying its entire range by 2025 with either hybrid or full-electric versions.
The 2020 DBX is set to be the most complex car in Aston Martin's history. Its complexity will directly affect its price, considering Aston Martin’s reputation on the premium luxury vehicles segment. The DBX will compete with BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and Range Rover Sport SVR.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX's starting price is set at $192,086. However, there’s still uncertainty on its overall price factoring in upgrades and different trim levels. The new top dollar SUV from the British manufacturer will cost more than $200,000 inclusive of options and personalized details.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX is unlike any Aston Martin. Since its borrowing Mercedes’s electrical architecture, it will also come with a large infotainment screen from the latest generation, with classier looking instruments that were common in other Astons, and of course, few plastic parts.
Due to its large touchscreen and the likelihood of having contemporary features, the 2020 Aston Martin DBX’s infotainment system will fit right into the hordes of current crossover SUVs. However, other lineups of the manufacturer (such as the Vantage) don’t have Android Auto or Apple Car Play integration. At this point, it is uncertain if the 2020 DBX will support these features.
2 Tech and Safety Features
The new 2020 Aston Martin DBX is yet to be tested by the Insurance for Highway Traffic Safety Administration (IIHS) or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
However, the new luxury SUV will likely offer the latest in driver assistance technology such as automatic emergency braking, lane assist, as well as adaptive cruise control; especially if it wants to have a chance competing with other super SUVs in its segment. When the DBX is finally on sale, its full lineup of safety and tech features will be available.
Aston Martin is well known when it comes to offering unpleasant warranty coverage; however, prospective owners are hoping for a better deal with the 2020 Aston Martin DBX. Aston Martin’s current warranty coverage includes limited and powertrain coverage, which isn't very appealing.
While longer periods, as well as complimentary scheduled maintenance option plans, are available to owners, buyers may need to pay extra. Aston Martin’s limited warranty only covers three years or unlimited miles. For powertrain warranty, potential owners are looking at a three-year cover or unlimited miles. There’s no complimentary scheduled maintenance.