As­ton Martin DBX

No new niches here: the gobby DBX is a Porsche Cayenne ri­val and proud of it

Top Gear (UK) - - CONTENTS - OL­LIE KEW

This is the new Welsh-built As­ton Martin DBX. We can say that with cer­tainty, be­cause As­ton has con­firmed DBX is in­deed the name it’s chris­ten­ing its first SUV with. No Vul­can/ Valkyrie/Van­tage al­lit­er­a­tion here. It’s DBX. And it’s alive. Here we see the new five-door SUV – a stark con­trast to the sleek two-door coupe DBX con­cept from 2016 – hard at work test­ing on the Sweet Lamb rally stage in Wales. And when we say hard at work, we ob­vi­ously mean ‘prat­ting around side­ways’. That’s Matt Becker, Gay­don’s chief engi­neer at the wheel. Work­ing hard.

And the work will be con­tin­u­ing all over the world, says As­ton Martin. “Though sim­u­la­tion is an es­sen­tial part of the DBX’s early de­vel­op­ment phase, this first pro­to­type drive in Wales sig­ni­fies the start of ‘real world’ test­ing,” we’re told.

“The SUV will be sub­jected to a pun­ish­ing regime that will ul­ti­mately see de­vel­op­ment pro­to­types of the all-new ma­chine tackle the world’s harsh­est en­vi­ron­ments, from the frozen Arc­tic and scorch­ing deserts of the Mid­dle East to high Alpine passes and the high-speed de­mands of the Ger­man au­to­bahn and Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife.” Ob­vi­ously. Right, who had test­ing at the ’Ring on their pro­to­type bingo card?

As well as hav­ing to be good at cruis­ing qui­etly and be­ing thrown around like a sports car, As­ton says the DBX’s boot camp will en­sure it has im­pres­sive multi-ter­rain and tow­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. You could well be look­ing at the Car­a­van Club’s 2020 Tow Car of the Year.

As­ton won’t re­veal the fin­ished DBX un­til this time next year, by which time you’ll have been en able to di­gest the looks. This one is clearly miss­ing ng pro­duc­tion-spec rear lights and doorhan­dles, s, but does the gi­ant frog gob work for you?

Mind you, it’s no more eye-as­sault­ing than a Bent­ley Ben­tayga or Lam­borgh­ini Urus. Nei­ther of which are strug­gling for sales, you’ll note.

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