The 2020 Aston Martin DBX is a midsize SUV that the British company revealed in the end of 2019. The first SUV from the carmaker, the DBX rides on an exclusive platform, but shares important elements with the company’s sports cars.
Powered by the same 4.0-liter V-8 found in the DB11 and the Vantage, the DBX boasts 542 horsepower, which turns it into a competitor for the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus. Likewise, the DBX sports a luxurious interior and is available with a wide range of options.
The model is a mix of traditional Aston Martin and modern SUV features. The first thing we notice is the strake on the front fender seen on every other Aston Martin and it’s a cool feature. The side skirts also seem inspired by the DB11 and the beltline is rather high and emanates sportiness comparable to the brand’s sports cars. The roof is of the coupestyle variety, as the windows become narrower toward the D-pillars, but it retains the classic British elegance thanks to a chrome stripe that travels from the bottom of the A-pillar and around the upper windows to the lower corner of the quarter window.
The front fascia includes some key design suggestions that already adorn the DB11, DBS Superleggera and Vantage. The big grille is clearly the main feature here – narrower at the top and wide at the bottom, the grille is very similar to those seen on Aston Martin sports cars. But lower in the bumper, we can see a feature unique to this vehicle: the daytime running lights act as surrounds for the aero ducts placed at the bottom corners. Even though they are small, these openings are very important for the DBX, as they channel air through the front wheel arches and along the sides. This helps reduce both drag and lift, while cooling the front brakes.
Considering the size, the DBX falls in the midsize SUV category, but it’s slightly smaller than its rivals. The DBX is 198.4 inches long, 78.7 inches wide and 66.1 inches tall. The British SUV is four inches shorter compared to the Bentley Bentayga, for example. Despite of that, it has a longer wheelbase at 120.5 inches. That’s 2.7 inches more than the Bentayga and 2.3 inches more than the Urus.
The DBX boasts an exclusive interior that shares little with other Aston Martin’s models. The center stack is the only feature in common with the DB11 and the DBS Superleggera. But for the new model, Aston Martin completely redesigned the layout of this element. To make room for the big screen in the center, it moved the controls for the ignition and the transmission at the top and relocated the A/C vents at the bottom. The display is also larger than in the DB11 and DBS. The dashboard also looks unique in comparison, mainly due to the upper plates on each side of the center stack. All these surfaces are covered in leather, which is available in a variety of colors. In general, the vehicle looks more modern.