That distinctive front grille, elegantly-sculptured flanks, a tailgate with a stylish flip and a magnificent sleekness to its dashing stance – that’s the Aston Martin at first glance, and you can so imagine James Bond emerging from it as soon as it makes its entrance.
Except that this Aston Martin isn’t s sports car – it’s the 106-year-old British marque’s entrance into the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) market.
Called the DBX, it was unveiled to the planet simultaneously in Singapore and in Beijing at precisely 12 noon on Nov 20, 2019.
This incarnation of Aston Martin’s began its development in 2015 and marks the third and final phase of the sportscar manufacturer’s Second Century Plan, which aims to launch seven models over seven years.
Powered by a new version of the 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in the DB11 and the Vantage, the DBX boasts an output of of 542bhp and 700nm of torque. Both its power plant and transmission are from Daimler.
The DBX possesses the exhaust profile of any regular Aston Martin sportscar: It can sound refined one moment, and aggressive and exhilarating the next. This versatility extends to its fuel-efficiency and performance, too, as the luxury SUV’s V8 heart can deactivate its cylinders for better fuel economy or take you from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 291km/h.
Built on an entirely new chassis, the DBX was designed from the start to provide ease of use, comfort and luxury for literally humans of all shapes and sizes – the smallest women to the biggest men, and whether you’re the driver or a passenger, in either the front or the rear.
The interior reflects that thinking, with its fine attention to detail and mix of material in the display model. You can customise the interior, too, with optional features in the centre-console, or select materials from a luxurious range of exquisite wood as well as composite or metal veneers.
Amid all the luxury is an abundance of technology, too. A 10.25-inch TFT screen is elegantly-embedded in the centre-console, while a huge 12.3-inch TFT screen provides the information required by the driver. Apple CarPlay is standard. So, too, a 360-degree camera system and ambient lighting that offers 64 different colours in two zones.
Just look at it yourself:
Here’s a well thought out interior that’s built for the driver as well as passenger.
The side view of the elegantly-crafted bridged centre-console.
Wearnes Automotive has told D:Code it has had orders for 20 cars – which is practically all the units that Singapore has been allocated for 2020. Priced from S$800,000, the first units are expected to arrive in the third quarter of this year.
With the combination of its soul as a sportscar, luxury of the marque and attention to detail as a utility vehicle, the DBX is by no means your average family SUV. James Bond could drive this one in style, with a female companion grateful for the space it affords so it doesn’t crease her lovely gown.
So step inside, Mr Bond. No need to wait until you have children.
“The name’s Bond,” said the child. “James Bond Jr.”