Aston Martin has finally fully unwrapped its new DBX, which arrives as both the first SUV and the first full five-seater in the British firm’s 106-year history.

The Gaydon-based automaker promises the new DBX combines the “versatility and indulgence” expected of a luxury SUV with “sportscar levels of dynamic performance”.

Built at Aston Martin’s new manufacturing facility in Wales, the DBX runs on a new dedicated SUV platform. The company says that thanks to its use of bonded aluminium, the body structure is “both very light and incredibly stiff”, resulting in a kerb weight of 2 245 kg.

Power comes from the Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 shared with the DB11 and Vantage, although here it offers 405 kW and 700 N.m (and a “sound character that is unquestionably Aston Martin”). That’s enough, says Aston Martin, for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 4,5 seconds and a top speed of 292 km/h.

A nine-speed torque convertor automatic transmission sends drive to all four wheels, while adaptive air suspension combines with a 48 V electric anti-roll control system and electronic adaptive dampers to lend the DBX what Aston terms “a huge breadth of ability”.

Inside, the British company claims “class-leading” levels of headroom and legroom, as well as 632 litres of boot space. There’s also a full-length glass panoramic roof and frameless door glass, along with full-grain leather trim, plenty of Alcantara and a range of wood, composite and metal veneers.

In terms of technology, the DBX features a 10,25-inch TFT screen in the centre console as well as a 12,3-inch TFT screen ahead of the driver. Apple CarPlay comes as standard, as does a 360-degree camera system and ambient lighting that offers 64 different colours in two zones.