Aston Martin’s first SUV – DBX – has the first development prototype being put through its paces along a Welsh Rally stage in the hands of the company’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker. This first test is the start of an extensive testing program – begun in Wales, as a nod to Aston Martins’ new St Athan production facility in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Although simulation is an essential part of DBX’s early development phase, this first prototype drive in Wales starts ‘real world’ testing, in which the SUV will be subjected to a punishing regime that will ultimately see development prototypes of the all-new machine tackle some of the world’s harshest environments, from the Arctic and deserts of the Middle East to high Alpine passes and the high-speed demands of the German autobahn and Nürburgring Nordschleife. (Read: Glub? Aston Martin Going into Submarine Business!)
Aston Martin claims the DBX requires a dedicated test program; one that has new processes, procedures and standards that reflect its all-purpose role. Like Porsche long before it, it’s promised the DBX will perform with the “verve and poise of a true Aston Martin.” Here, its dynamic envelope must extend into areas previously off-limits to the marque’s sporting roots. This includes the obvious – multi-terrain and towing capabilities.
“As an engineer, it’s genuinely exciting to get a feel for the car you’re working to create,” said Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Matt Becker. “DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge’
DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda’s St Athan facility; a manufacturing plant that will ultimately become the ‘Home of Electrification’ when the marque’s fully-EV models enter production.