Aston Martin BDX has got its production name, with the automaker's first SUV already undergoing testing. Moved, Aston Martin sees the growing number of companies offering luxury cars, after Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and others.
Every marque tries to give its model a different turn, of course, and for the Aston Martin DBX it is the underlined "sport" part of the SUV name. Therefore, DBX does not get an easy first outing. Aston Martin has taken the first development prototype to Wales, UK, and set it up against the Welsh Rally stage.
"DBX is a completely different type of Aston Martin," said Matt Becker, chief engineer of the car manufacturer about SUV, "but we will test it under all conditions and on all terrain to ensure it gives a driving experience. The value is blessed." The test started almost in a running simulator well before any physical prototypes were constructed.
The rally stage will only be the first of a series of attempts DBX needs to implement before Aston Martin decides it's ready for production. It will include Arctic cold-weather testing to see how it handles extreme, icy conditions and the other extremes also in the incredibly warm deserts of the Middle East. Its rafted dynamics will be called across the Alps, along with the unlimited German autobahn, and the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife.
There is not much time to get well, mind. Aston Martin says DBX is on track for a product launch in Q4 2019, which means that the car manufacturer basically has a year to complete the SUV.
It will be produced in Aston Martin Lagonda's St Athan plant, also located in Wales. A new production line, it will also be the place where the automaker's EV is manufactured.
DBX is not expected to be offered as a full electric car, at least at launch, even though it is assumed to be on the road map. Instead, there will be a V8 gas engine under the long hood. It spins everything from Aston Martin's original DBX concept from 2015, which previewed the car manufacturer's work on a jacked-up crossover to expand its range.
There will be many factors that DBX considers, of course, beyond how well it manages some extreme off-roading. In addition to the style and luxury of the cabin, the Aston Martin's SUV will have to be priced just. That means it competes with Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga, although it is not impossible to depict higher versions of the car that spirals near Rolls-Royce Cullinan.