2021 Aston Martin DBX / The brand’s first SUV –Production Line. Aston Martin Lagonda is this week beginning a carefully planned phased return to work for a number of its manufacturing staff as the business looks to prudently restart car making while adjusting to the new normal in the nation’s ongoing battle to protect the NHS and overcome the threat of COVID-19.
Scott Ward, Director of Manufacturing at Aston Martin Lagonda’s St Athan site, said: “The safety and ongoing good health of our staff is absolutely paramount in our thinking as we slowly and carefully return to car building.
“The arrangements we have put in place here for our phased return to work as we continue to build the brand’s first SUV – the highly anticipated DBX – are designed to support the health and safety of staff while, of course, doing everything we can to ensure we do not add to the burden already being borne by the incredibly dedicated frontline staff of the NHS.”
The 2021 Aston Martin DBX debuts on the eve of a jammed-packed Los Angeles Auto show, and it signals a new direction for the iconic, 106-year-old brand as it expands its portfolio to include an SUV for the first time. The DBX allows Aston to play in the luxury SUV segment. SUVs often become a brand’s best-selling vehicle, and it appears Aston has designed the DBX with no other purpose than to succeed.
A twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 – taken from the DB11 and Vantage, but tuned for the DBX – produces 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. Power travels through a nine-speed automatic to the SUV’s all-wheel-drive system that features an active central diff and an electric rear limited-slip differential.
The high-riding Aston features an active exhaust system and cylinder deactivation. Aston says the DBX, which weighs 4,940 pounds (2,245 kilograms), rockets to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds and 100 kilometers per hour in 4.5 seconds. Its top speed is 181 mph (291 kph).
While this is an SUV, it’s an SUV with an Aston badge and an interior full of leather, and that doesn’t come cheap. When Aston begins delivering the first DBXs to North American customers in the second half of this year, you’ll know they paid at least $192,986, which includes the $3,089 destination charge.
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