Aston Martin has confirmed the name of its first SUV – DBX – and the commencement of prototype testing.
The first development DBX prototype is being put through its paces along a demanding Welsh Rally stage in the hands of the company’s chief engineer, Matt Becker.
Aston Martin said this signifies the start of an extensive testing programme, that began in Wales as a nod to Aston Martins’ new St Athan production facility in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The new DBX requires a “dedicated test programme” according to the manufacturer; one that features new processes, procedures and standards that reflect its all-purpose role.
Becker said: “As an engineer, it’s genuinely exciting to get a feel for the car you’re working to create. 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.”
DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda’s St Athan facility.
Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive officer Andy Palmer said: “Seeing a DBX development prototype in action is a momentous chapter in the story of our first SUV, for it is the moment it really comes alive.”