Aston Martin gives us a closer look at its upcoming SUV

Aston Martin DBX prototype

FIRST LOOK: Here's Aston Martin's new DBX SUV that will take on Bentley and Lamborghini

"We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available, said Aston Martin chief engineer, Matt Becker". 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. The automaker has also confirmed the DBX name. In addition, Aston gave the public its first look at the first SUV in company history.

En route to production, the DBX should also receive a special nameplate.

For now, the first development prototype that you see in the pics is being put through a rigorous testing regime, starting with the Welsh Rally stage that you see in the pics, and eventually moving on to a wide range of off-road conditions from frozen Arctic to scorching Middle Eastern deserts, as well as the necessary on-road dynamic proving grounds such as the Nürburgring.

As befits Aston's sporty status, the DBX's grille is distinctively related to models such as the DB11 and Vantage, while the rear quarters could be favourably compared to Alfa Romeo's swift SUV the Stelvio.

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. However, the DBX concept that debuted at the show is nothing like the production vehicle that we will see launched sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019. First off, the concept's two-door coupe body has been replaced by a traditional four-door SUV layout. Especially since the factory where the DBX is slated to built is the "Home of Electrification" for Aston Martin.

Official pricing for the Aston Martin DBX has not been announced.

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