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Aston Martin trials new SUV

19/11/2018
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It seems that these days if you’re an automotive manufacturer worth your name, you have to have at least one SUV in your line-up of models. So, not to be left out, Aston Martin have unveiled their own take on the SUV- the DBX- and have revealed it to the world whilst putting it through its paces on a Welsh Rally track.
The new Aston Martin SUV was put through its paces by the company's chief engineer Matt Becker.
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

During the first real world test for Aston’s SUV, it was the company’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker, who was behind the wheel. And, by the looks of things he’s an incredibly talented driver as well as engineer!
Aston Martin's new DBX SUV will be subjected to a punishing testing regime to ensure it is able to handle whatever it encounters.
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

This first prototype drive in Wales marks the start of a very extensive testing programme for the DBX. According to a statement from Aston Martin, the new SUV will be ‘subjected to a punishing regime that will ultimately see development prototypes of the all-new machine tackle some of the world’s harshest environments, from the frozen Arctic and scorching deserts of the Middle East to high Alpine passes and the high-speed demands of the German autobahnen and Nürburgring Nordschleife’.
The testing programme for the DBX will include everything from Arctic to desert conditions.
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

Such an extensive test programme may seem unusual but given that the DBX represents a huge departure for Aston Martin from their traditional road-focused models, the need to test every eventuality is understandable.
The full specs of Aston Martin's DBX SUV are set to be released in early 2019
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

Speaking of his drive in the DBX development prototype and the planned testing programme, Matt Becker, said:

“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. Still, it’s always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype and I’m delighted with the near perfect correlation between the simulator and the prototype. As an engineer, it’s genuinely exciting to get a feel for the car you’re working to create. DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge”.
Aston Martin's DBX SUV will be built at the company's state-of-the-art facility in St Athan, Wales
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

DBX is scheduled to be fully unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin’s St Athan facility in Wales; a state-of-the-art luxury manufacturing plant that will ultimately become the ‘Home of Electrification’ when Aston’s fully-EV models enter production.
That the Aston Martin DBX is to be produced in the UK is another piece of good news for the engineering job market.
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

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