A fresh report out of Australia claims Aston Martin is considering expanding its DBX range with a sportier version (designed to tackle the Lamborghini Urus) as well as a seven-seat variant.
According to GoAuto.com.au, the proposed Urus-fighting derivative will feature a “more coupé-like silhouette” and an “aggressively sporty design”. Interestingly, the report makes no mention of upgrades to the DBX’s Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8, which offers 405 kW and 700 N.m in the standard model.
In addition, the publication claims a “stretched” seven-seater version of the DBX is under consideration, primarily for markets such as China and the United States.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Lagonda executive vice-president and chief creative officer, told GoAuto.com.au the Gaydon-based firm had no plans to build an SUV smaller than the DBX.
“We’ll never go down [in size]. Not necessarily up, but maybe it’s less capacity. So, the wheelbase may remain the same, but maybe the box shrinks a little bit.
“Because in terms of downsizing, we are never going to be a [Porsche] Macan versus a Cayenne. Cayenne/DBX [sizing] is core, so downsizing then comes silhouette; upsizing is relatively simple, and that’s a potential … you could do both off that platform,” he said.
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