Aston Martin South Africa has confirmed its new DBX will be priced from R3,6-million when it launches locally early in 2020. For reference, the Lamborghini Urus starts at R3 495 000.
That pricing means the new DBX will slot into Aston Martin’s local range above the Vantage V8 and Rapide S but below the DBS Superleggera. In the four-strong DB11 line-up, only the V8-powered coupé will be less expensive than the SUV.
The DBX, which is built at Aston Martin’s new manufacturing facility in Wales, is both the first SUV and the first full five-seater in the British firm’s 106-year history.
Power comes from a 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, claims 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 that oomph 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.
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