Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Aston Martin DBX SUV Shown by Prototype, Hybrid Power Coming

Aston Martin DBX SUV Shown by Prototype, Hybrid Power Coming

Likewise, the lengthy hashtag, with spaces (somebody #doesn't get hashtags), confirms the British marque is all too aware of the pressure it faces in entering the now-crowded premium sports SUV segment.

Aston Martin posted a 900 percent increase in third-quarter profit before tax to 3.1 million pounds ($4 million) as the newly listed carmaker continues a growth plan which saw its volumes double in the period.

Aston Martin has treated fans to a first look at its upcoming SUV, showing off a prototype model that is now set to be put through its paces.

Aston Martin's Chief Engineer, Matt Becker kicked off the extensive testing programme for the vehicle on the famous Welsh Rally stages used for Britain's round of the World Rally Championship. In addition, Aston gave the public its first look at the first SUV in company history.

Technical details on the DBX have not been released, but video shows it being tested on a dirt road rally stage in Wales, not far from the new manufacturing facility where it will be built, confirming some level of off-road capability.

Aston Martin Lagonda president and group 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".

Despite speculation suggesting that the vehicle could be called the Varekai, Aston Martin has in fact confirmed that the auto will retain the name of the concept and be called the DBX.

While Aston hasn't confirmed the off-roaders powertrain, it will probably be more conventional than the all-electric unit that powered by the concept auto.

Like rival high-end SUV manufacturers, Aston Martin felt the need to take the DBX prototype to places owners would probably never drive them in real life. It will compete with the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga. However, while the Lagonda SUV is expected to receive all-electric power, it's unlikely that Aston Martin will offer an EV version of the DBX.

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