Aston Martin SUV undergoes testing in Wales
Joining the ultra-premium SUV segment, which is now home to the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Aston Martin’s first-ever SUV and highly camouflaged DBX begins testing in Wales, England.
Put through its paces along a Welsh Rally stage by the company’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker, the first test signifies the start of an extensive real-world testing program for the British SUV. Subjected to a punishing regime, the DBX will face some of harshest environments from the frozen Arctic to the scorching deserts of the Middle East, and from the highest Alpine passes to the high-speed Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Speaking of his drive in the DBX development prototype, Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Matt Becker, said: ‘We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available. DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge.”
The unique nature of the DBX in the Aston Martin line-up equates to a series of new processes, procedures, and standards as the brand extends into areas previously off-limits to due its sporting roots. These include multi-terrain and towing capabilities that befit a state-of-the-art SUV. The DXB is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at the brand’s St Athan facility.