Aston Martin’s DBX lets you bring luxury to rougher roads

Published July 5, 2021, 4:57 PM

by Inigo Roces

Aston Martin cars have always stolen the scene, whether it’s on the road or in movies. However, there is one frontier the brand has not been able to head into until now: off-road. That all changes with Aston Martin’s first SUV, the DBX.

First developed virtually as far back as 2015 and with physical testing in 2018, the DBX finally arrives in the Philippines this year to deliver exceptional performance, style and usability in a segment previously unexplored by the brand. Official distributor, DBPhils Motorsports, Inc., under the Tagle Group of Companies, celebrated the local launch of this most-awaited luxury SUV.

Shaped by the wind

As expected of any Aston Martin product, the exterior brings the elegance of Aston Martin’s sports cars into the world of the SUV. It starts with the signature ‘DB’ grille at the front, with sculptured sides and lines, to a tailgate that draws inspiration from Vantage.

The body was designed with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to create smooth airflow over the body. This is evidenced by the daytime running lights (DRLs) that have an integrated aerodynamic duct which channels air through the front wheel arches and along the side, helping to reduce both drag and lift while also cooling the brakes. Computational aeroacoustics technology, by contrast, have helped keep cabin noise to a minimum at speed.

It comes with beautiful details like the hidden side glass seals on the frameless doors and glass B-pillar finishers. Cutaway sills also make it easier to board the cabin while reducing the risk of ruining a fine dress or suit on arrival to a dinner engagement.

Light but dynamic

The DBX utilizes bonded aluminium in its construction, creating a body structure that is both very light and incredibly stiff, resulting in an overall kerbweight of 2,245kg. The exceptional stiffness gives it favorable dynamics both on and off-road. It also allows for maximum room in the cabin for both front and rear occupants.

Keeping the body afloat is adaptive triple volume air suspension, combined with the latest 48v electric anti-roll control system (eARC) and electronic adaptive dampers. These provide the new SUV with the ability to raise the ride height by 45mm or lower it by 50mm. The system can also be programmed to aid with ingress, egress and loading requirements, aiding on a practical level.

When on the move, the adaptive triple chamber air springs offer variable spring stiffness, giving both luxurious comfort and dynamic prowess. The eARC can limit DBX’s body roll for handling like a sports car, or offer maximum ride comfort over bumpy roads with five occupants and their luggage, while maintaining a highly responsive character.

Top-of-the-line power

Powering it is a new version of the 4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in DB11 and Vantage. The DBX produces 550-PS and 700-NM of torque carefully tuned to meet the specific needs of this model. It can also propel DBX from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 291 km/h. It produces an exhaust note that is unquestionably Aston Martin. When needed, the turbocharged V8 also has cylinder deactivation to enhance fuel economy.

Transmitting this power and torque to the ground is a nine-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox, allied to an all-wheel drive system with active differentials. It has an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential (eDiff) that allows the torque to be moved precisely both fore and aft in the vehicle and also across the rear axle. It’s paired with a bespoke steering system that delivers sports car-like response and feel.

Luxurious interior

Aston Martin’s first ever full-size five-seat model is also exceptionally versatile when it comes to passengers. It comes with 632 liters of cargo space and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats. The cargo area can carry a variety of luggage, from suitcases, golf bags to sports equipment.

The luxuriously handcrafted interior features a full-length glass panoramic roof and frameless door glass to offer a light and spacious cabin environment. The seats are trimmed in sumptuous, full grain leather, sourced from long term partner, Bridge of Weir. Both the headlining and electric roof blind are available in a luxurious Alcantara finish. Throughout the cabin, DBX maintains an authenticity of materials, with judicious use of metal, glass and wood throughout the cabin. Designers have peppered it with small touches like separate central armrests, a unique glovebox design and the ergonomic positioning of the car’s key control systems.

Customers can choose from a variety of interior packages. The Pet package, for example, will include, amongst other things, a portable washer to help attend to the needs of a muddy dog after a walk.

For a more personalized touch, ‘Q by Aston Martin’ – Aston Martin’s personalization service – can alter the center console to be machined from a solid piece of wood, such as Walnut. A contemporary range of exquisite wood, composite and metal veneers ensure that the cabin can be tailored to any taste. This includes a range of innovative materials and an industry first application of a fabric made from 80% wool. A new flax composite – derived from the same plant as fine linen – also provides an alternative to carbon fiber and a distinctive design aesthetic.

Framed by these materials is an abundance of technology. A 10.25-inch TFT screen sits elegantly flush in the centre console, while a huge 12.3-inch TFT screen provides a wealth of information to the driver. Apple CarPlay comes as standard, as does a 360-degree camera system and ambient lighting that offers 64 different colours in two zones.

“We are confident that this move of Aston Martin will be warmly embraced by the Filipino market, Marc Louie Y. Tagle, Chairman and President of Aston Martin Manila. “Admittedly, we are an SUV nation – we love to cruise with our adventurous spirit, and bring family, friends, and loved ones along for the ride. Aston Martin captures this passion and adds its trademark luxury and beauty for the ultimate driving experience.”

“Aston Martin owners are those who love cars that are not just jaw-dropping to look at, but also thrilling to drive, and the DBX lives up to these qualities,” said Fiel Tan, Marketing Head of Aston Martin Manila. “This is a pivotal moment for the brand, and we could not have been more excited to showcase this to the Philippine Market”, says Ms. Tan.

The Aston Martin DBX is now available for viewing at the Aston Martin Manila showroom.