Aston Martin DBX: Details Divulged in New Photos
Even without seeing the whole SUV, we get new clues on its capacities and capabilities.
Ignore the dogs. We've already seen photos of the upcoming Aston Martin DBX wearing trippy camouflage and bright-red lipstick, but a new batch of undisguised detail shots provide fresh clues about the super-SUV. Bundled with a news blast covering accessories that can be optioned on the high-performance high-rider, the photos hint at its capabilities, as well as similarities and differences between other Aston Martins.
The crew in Gaydon explicitly details the DBX's cargo capacity as they describe the available Pet Pack. It's listed as 632 liters, which converts to about 22.3 cubic feet. That's comparable to other sporty fastback SUVs; the Lamborghini Urus holds up to 21.75 cubes of cargo, while the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe offers 21.1. (It's as yet unknown, however, if Aston's measurement is taken only up to the windowline, as is customary in Europe. U.S. volume numbers are measured to the roof.) Oh, the Pet Pack brings a safety partition, rear bumper protector, accessories like brushed-metal food bowls and a leather-trimmed bed, plus a portable washer so you can rinse off muddy dogs before loading them into your expensive luxury SUV.
Looking past the panting pooches in Aston's images, we get a look—albeit obstructed—of the DBX's rear end. The lower bumper area shows a perforated detail around the exhaust outlets, much like what's found on the Vantage. The gleaming red paintwork surrounding the open cargo door is one of what's sure to be many evocative hues available for the DBX. In addition, Aston Martin has announced it will offer three different custom child seats for kids of different sizes.
For the very first time, we also get a look at the DBX's dashboard sans camouflage. It's blurry, but looking past the picnic blanket (rolled in a leather carrying case, naturally) included in the Event Pack, we can tell this vehicle gets a distinctive layout compared to Aston Martin's other offerings. Whereas the Vantage and DB11 have infotainment screens positioned at the top of the dashboard, the DBX's display appears to be positioned centrally. More noteworthy is the apparent inclusion of round buttons above the screen. Those seem to be the trademark push-button gear selectors as seen in many prior Aston Martins, but positioned higher up than ever before.
We're confident the DBX will be an admirable road performer, but it seems its capabilities won't end when the pavement does. The Adventure Pack adds mud flaps and heavy-duty tread plates to the exterior, indicating the DBX will be ready to get dirty; those teaser shots shared previously showed it having some sideways fun on a gravel road.
We're excited to see the actual specs and capabilities of the Aston Martin DBX, and even more excited to test them out ourselves. Until then, we'll comb through preview photos and press releases to glean any shred of information, however tenuous, that we can. We won't have to for much longer though: Aston is targeting the fourth quarter of 2019 to reveal its first SUV. It's likely we'll see it at an auto show soon, possibly Los Angeles next month.