Hand-built in Aston Martin's new production facility at St Athan, the uber-luxurious Aston Martin DBX has arrived on our shores with V8 power!
British sports car maker Aston Martin has launched its first-ever SUV, the DBX, in India at prices starting from ₹3.82 crores (ex-showroom). Of course, each car will be made to order, and therefore, the list of customisation options is mega. For 2021, up to 11 units of the DBX have already been allocated to India, with the first set of cars expected to arrive March onwards.
The DBX is a fine-looking example of Aston Martin's first attempt at making an SUV. In fact, the signature 'DB' grille and the Aston Martin logo (the biggest ever used on a production Aston Martin) at the front give the DBX an unmistakable identity. The rear design is bespoke as well, courtesy of the signature joined LED taillamps and shiny chrome twin exhausts, much like Aston's sports cars. But the rear design may be polarising for some, as the ducktail-style boot lid spoiler looks a little out of place when seen from the side. Frameless doors, massive 22-inch wheels (standard fitment) and a continuous contour flowing from the front fender to the rear door, all make the DBX look attractive from the side as well.
Design aside, how good of an SUV can the DBX be, especially for ever-changing Indian road conditions? To this end, the DBX comes fitted with ‘Adaptive triple-volume air suspension’, which is combined with a 48V electric anti-roll control system and adaptive dampers. This means the DBX’s standard 190mm ride height can be lowered by 50mm or increased further by up to 45mm, depending upon the drive mode selected. Add to this mix 632 litres of boot space (with the second row up) and split-folding rear seats, and you have an SUV with some good grades in the practicality column.
On paper, the Aston Martin DBX offers some real sportscar-worthy performance figures. Powered by an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the same core unit as the DB11 & Vantage, this full-size five-seater behemoth develops an impressive 542bhp and 700Nm of torque, all of which is sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. As a result, despite weighing a little over 2.2 tonnes, the DBX can still smash the 100km/h mark from standstill in just 4.5 seconds! That’s seriously quick for a car of its proportions. And the top-speed? Well, the DBX can roar up to 291km/h.
In terms of features, it includes 64-colour ambient lighting, a panoramic glass roof, a 10.25-inch TFT infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 360-degree surround camera system, etc.
The DBX has a number of direct rivals in the Indian market, like the Bentley Bentayga, Audi RS Q8, and Lamborghini Urus.