Aston Martin has always been known for its beautiful two-door grand tourers (GT) and sports cars, but that is not what the world currently wants. SUVs are all the rage these days, especially in the Philippines, which makes the Philippine arrival of the all-new, first-ever Aston Martin DBX a very important one. Aston Martin’s first SUV is sure to satisfy the appetite of those who have always wanted a super SUV with the performance of a sports car, but with the luxury and craftsmanship that only an Aston Martin can deliver.
One look at this crossover SUV and it’s easy to tell that it belongs to the British luxury grand tourer brand. Its fascia is dominated by Aston Martin’s signature wide gaping grille, flanked by a slim pair of LED headlights with a separate pair of square-shaped LED daytime running lights surrounding the side air vents. A sloping roofline gives the DBX a dynamic look, which then tapers towards the integrated rear ducktail spoiler inspired by the Vantage. Lastly, the rear LED taillights run across the width of the DBX, which is also a design trait seen in the Vantage.
The all-new DBX rides on a bespoke platform that’s incredibly stiff, which makes this SUV handle like an Aston Martin sports car or grand tourer should. Weighing in at around 2,245 kg, this midsize super SUV is actually lighter than a number of its competitors.
The interior is an eclectic mix of Alcantara, metal, and full-grain leather surfaces. Of course, as with every Aston Martin, all of the aspects of the interior and exterior are highly customizable. Highlighting the elegant interior is a “floating” center console and a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster. Infotainment duties are provided by the 10.25-inch infotainment system based on the previous generation of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND operating system, which is controlled via a rotary knob. Apple CarPlay comes as standard, along with a 64-color LED ambient interior lighting system.
Under the hood of the Aston Martin DBX is a 4.0-liter Mercedes-AMG sourced V8 engine, delivering 550 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission, letting the DBX accelerate from 0-100 kph in 4.5 seconds all the way to its top speed of 291 kph.
Aston Martin has fitted the DBX with an adaptive triple-volume air suspension using a 48-volt electric anti-roll control system and electronic adaptive dampers. With this system, the DBX is able to provide excellent ride and handling as well as the ability to let the DBX rise by 45 mm when going over rough terrain or lower by 50 mm during long highway drives for better aerodynamics.
The Aston Martin DBX is now on sale at Aston Martin Manila in Bonifacio Global City for P24.5 million. This price can fluctuate, however, depending on the factors such as exchange rate and the number of customizations made by the customer.