Given our road conditions, there is something really alluring about super SUVs, particularly for India. The newest super SUV to hit our shores now is the latest Aston Martin DBX, which has been introduced in the country at an ex-showroom price of INR 3.82 crore. Back in November 2019, the Aston Martin DBX launched globally and is the first SUV of the British brand in its 108 years of illustrious existence. The DBX also has an extensive supercar pedigree, but it is also functional as SUVs are.
With triple chamber air springs, the Aston Martin DBX rides on electronic adaptive dampers. It also has an Anti Roll Control System (eARC) operating on a 48V system to keep it grounded as it goes around corners quickly. It has an adaptive air suspension that can lift the SUV from its usual ground clearance of 190mm to 235mm by 45mm. The DBX has a depth of up to 500mm for water wading and is really quite a competent off-roader, more than you’d ever thought an Aston Martin would be. There are five drive modes for this super SUV, including two intended for off-road situations – Regular GT, Sport, Sport+, Terrain and Terrain+.
The new Aston Martin DBX is based on a brand new, tailor-made platform that is not shared with any other model. The DBX is powered under the hood by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine from Mercedes-AMG that produces 550hp of power and 700Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. In just 4.5 seconds, the DBX will sprint from 0-100 kph and tops out at 291 kph. The DBX is quite a behemoth, measuring 5,093mm in length and weighing in at 2,245 kg. Therefore, under its skin, it has a lot of engineering wizardry to really lend it a sportscar pedigree.
While this is Aston’s first take on an SUV, in more ways than one, it is still quintessentially Aston. The neatly integrated LED headlamps and the LED DRLs around the air vents on the front bumper give it a lot of character. With a contoured surface, the profile looks very smooth, but the 22-inch alloy wheels definitely stand out. The rear end, with its ducktail-style boot lid, split roof spoiler, dual-exhaust tips, Vantage-style LED tail lamps and a sharply raked roof line, is perhaps the most distinct profile of the DBX.
The DBX has more familiar Aston Martin interiors on the inside, where a great deal has been borrowed from Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The 10.25-inch touchscreen for infotainment is from Mercedes. A 12.3-inch digital driver’s monitor, panoramic sunroof, Alcantara upholstery, 360-degree camera, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, tri-zone climate control, and 64 color ambient lighting are also included with the DBX. However, as only 11 units were allocated for 2021, the Aston Martin DBX will not be the most available of SUVs in India. The DBX rivals the Lamborghini Urus and the Audi RS Q8, respectively.
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