Here's Aston Martin’s New DBX SUV Testing On A Filthy Rally Stage

Jeannie Matthews
November 17, 2018

While rumours previously suggested that it would be called the Varekai, the brand has now confirmed that the SUV will officially be called the DBX, just like the concept that it was first revealed as in 2015. The location hasn't been chosen randomly, since the SUV will be built at the company's new plant in ST Athan, Wales, which is also set to become the home of Aston Martin electrification.

Nevertheless, Aston Martin has now thrown an official spy video at us, one that shows the DBX throwing some land around on the gravel stages of the Wales Rally GB. And if high-selling DBX SUV models (like the Porsche Cayenne) allow for more Valkyries, DBSs and Vantages (and Porsche 911s), then more power to them.

Later stages of the DBX's development will take numerous test mules to the Arctic Circle, middle-eastern deserts and, naturally, the Nurburgring via an autobahn or two.

The vehicle has already undergone simulation testing, but the first prototype drive in Wales marks the beginning of so-called "real world" testing.

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"As an engineer, it's genuinely exciting to get a feel for the vehicle you're working to create".

Each marque tries to give their model a slightly different spin, of course, and for the Aston Martin DBX it's underscoring the "sports" part of the SUV name. "Still, it's always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype and I'm delighted with the near flawless correlation between the simulator and this prototype", said Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Matt Becker.

The production-ready DBX will stray from the three-door design of the original concept and opt for a sleek five-door layout instead.

In the high-end sector, Aston Martin will join Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce, which have already branched out into the popular SUV market with the Bentayga, the Urus and the Cullinan.

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